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Turkey's ancient city Euromos eyes UNESCO list

Located in southwestern Mugla province, ancient city prepares for UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage

Meryem Göktaş   | 02.09.2018
Turkey's ancient city Euromos eyes UNESCO list

By Durmus Genc

MUGLA, Turkey

(AA) - The ancient city of Euromos located in Turkey’s southwestern Mugla province is eyeing a spot in the UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage.

The Zeus Lepsynos temple was built in the 2nd century BC in Selimiye neighborhood of Milas district.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Abuzer Kizil, an academic at the archaeology and literature department of the Mugla Sitki Kocman University, said that 16 out of 17 columns were still intact which makes it one of the best preserved temples.

"This is one of Anatolia’s best preserved temples of the Roman period because many of the architectural elements are available," he said.

Kizil said that restoration work is continuing in Euromos so that it regains its past glory.

He added that Euromos was one of the most important centers of the Kingdom of Caria.

Kizil also emphasized on the importance of archaeological and scientific significance of Euromos and the temple of Zeus.

He said that it is important for the ancient city to be included in the UNESCO list as it would benefit archeology, culture and tourism in the region.

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