Work in progress to restore the mosque in the ancient city of Beçin
A 600-year-old mosque in the ancient city of Beçin, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, is being restored.
Professor Kadir Pektaş, head of the excavation team, told the Anadolu National Agency that the restoration process continues in the city, which is located in the western province of Milas district in Muğla and dates back to 2000 BC.
The city gained its importance during the Sultanate of Menteşeoğulları in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Pektaş said he plans to reopen the Yelli Mosque, the largest building in a complex, which was built with a madrasah (religious school) and a bath.
According to Pektaş, the Yelli Mosque was one of the striking structures not only of the ancient city, but also of all of Anatolia at the time.
Noting that the mosque has become unusable over time due to some factors caused by both natural events and people, Pektaş said, “As part of the restoration works, we are using local materials as in their original. . The cracks in the mosque have been reinforced with an architectural stitching technique.
He also said they discovered exciting architectural details about the mosque during their restoration work.
He said the building’s survival, despite major earthquakes in the area, was due to the exceptional architectural success of that period.
The archaeological site of Beçin has been systematically excavated since 1972. In 2000, a treasure of coins, including 60,000 from the Ottoman period, was discovered.
It is not only the greatest treasure ever found in Turkey during archaeological excavations, but also the largest cache of Ottoman coins ever found, according to UNESCO.