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The remains of a Turkish bath dating back 1,500 years ago have been uncovered during the construction of a thermal tourism center in Denizli. AA photo

The remains of a Turkish bath dating back 1,500 years ago have been uncovered during the construction of a thermal tourism center in Denizli. AA photo

The remains of a 1,500-year-old thermal Turkish bath (hamam) have been uncovered during an excavation of a thermal tourism center in the Aegean province of Denizli. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey’s Housing Development Administration (TOKI) is continuing an urban transformation for the thermal tourism center in the Karahayıt province of Denizli. The excavations in the settlement area started two months ago.

There were two different constructions found in the same area. One is a Turkish bath with circular architecture and the other is a thermal structure.

Governor Abdülkadir Demir, who was investigating the area, said that the constructions for the thermal tourism center planned for the Karahayıt region were continuing. There is an urban transformation project run by TOKI in this context. There is also an excavation taking place in the area for the saving of the historical artifacts found in the area.

A natural jacuzzi

Demir said that they had found very important traces in the excavations and added, “We never assumed we could find such a structure.It is a natural Jacuzzi from 1500 years ago. This structure can be counted as the initial plan of the thermal center we are planning to build. There are canals coming from the upper side. The thermal sources of Pamukkale and Karahayıt combine in this little pool and are distributed from here. There are also marble covered baths which are not usually seen. We are trying to build the structure that was built 1500 years ago. Now there is a thermal health center construction in Karahayıt.”

June/22/2013

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Falk Bernard

6/24/2013 2:47:38 AM

According western version of the history the Turks arrived about 1000 AD in Anatolia. But there are other versions of the history, versions that do not fit in the (racist) western view.

Richard Wyatt

6/23/2013 9:17:04 AM

I'm expecting real estate expert Bağış to inform us that this hamam isn't worth as much as the bathroom in Tayyip's palace.

Theano thea

6/23/2013 9:03:10 AM

Ops!And anyway, how can nomadic people to build something that only a blind man could not Identifier that is Greek or Roman; 1500 years ago they was Greeks and Romans in the area.With all due respect, it is time to recognize the history of the place where you live.. if you want to have a future!s something they do all the people in this earth!

jon wilson

6/23/2013 12:12:02 AM

poor journalisim. anatolia was part of the roman empire.NOT GREEK OR TURK BUT ROMAN!!!

Chris Bar

6/22/2013 6:20:56 PM

How can it be turkish when turks where not even present at that age? History at its best...

alkan alkan

6/22/2013 2:54:14 PM

There were no Turks and hence no Turkish Baths in Anatolia 1500 years ago! Surely this was a Roman thermal center which is also obvious from the architecture..

Thomas - Saladin - Cyprus Dimitriou

6/22/2013 10:57:24 AM

What exactly do you mean 'Turkish bath 1500 years ago ' ? The first battle between Byzantine empire and Turkmen people taken place on 1071 at the edge of the the Byzantine Empire somewhere closed to today's Iran - Armenia. So obviously, these ancient ruins belong to Greek people and our heritage. Please be more careful when you describe these. It is not legitimate...........

Peter Kypros

6/22/2013 9:36:36 AM

I did not know that there were Turks 1500 years ago in that region. Is it a typo or falsification of history? Did it mean 1500 AD?
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