The ancient city of Hadrianopolis attracts visitors

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Various aerial shots of the ancient city of Hadrianopolis in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Karabuk, April 22, 2021

KARABUK, TURKEY – APRIL 23 (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – April 23, 2021) :: Various aerial shots of the ancient city of Hadrianopolis in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Karabuk on April 22, 2021.

Located 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) east of the Turkish province of Karabuk in the Black Sea, the site is also called “Zeugma of the Black Sea” due to its similarity to the Zeugma mosaics in the south-eastern province of Gaziantep country.

Excavations began under the supervision of Celikbas in 2003 on the basis of different archaeological eras detected through current finds.

So far, surface excavations at Hadrianopolis have uncovered two baths, two church structures, a defense structure, tombs, an amphitheater, an arch and dome structure, a monumental cult niche, walls of the city and various buildings in 14 different parts of the entire excavation site.

Animals such as horses, elephants, panthers and a griffin – a mythological creature – are depicted in the mosaics, which made the city famous.

In addition, excavations unearthed skeletons in rock tombs, ancient coins, bone hairpins, an ointment – a drop-shaped bottle – and a tomb dating from the 2nd century, as well as a 1800 year old votive plaque.

Portable finds from the excavations are distributed to museums in surrounding towns, while still finds, such as the mosaics on the church floor, are kept where they are.



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