Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
As a result of feedback from our readers, we will be including a weekly sports update and an extended section on TL exchange rates to include USD and Euros.
Above seasonal temperatures to continue in Turkey
The Meteorology Department said on Thursday that temperatures have been 6 to 10 degrees above seasonal averages for the past week and would continue to be so for the next 10 days.
In a statement, the department said temperatures in the Sakarya, Düzce, Zonguldak and Bartın provinces had broken their September records.No rain is expected in anywhere in the country.
Experts have also said that autumn this year may be limited to November, with temperatures during September and October reaching summer levels.
What a great time to book a late break!
Roman sarcophagus of Hercules returns home to Turkey
Fifty years after being stolen from Turkey, a sarcophagus of the mythical warrior Heracles arrived home on Thursday.
The 2,200-year-old treasure was stolen from Turkey during illegal excavations in the early 1960s in the ancient city of Perga in Aksu district, in Turkey’s Mediterranean province of Antalya.
The necropolis within the borders of the ancient city of Perga was private property for many years and was expropriated last year. Before the expropriation process, landowners and treasure hunters carried out illegal excavations and smuggled away one of the sarcophagi.
The artifact was confiscated in 2010 by the Swiss customs authority at the port of Geneva. In September 2015, the Geneva Public Prosecutor’s Office announced its decision to return the tomb to Turkey.
Before being returned to Turkey, the tomb was exhibited at Geneva University for a few months.
The artifact, which depicts the legendary 12 labors of Hercules, will now be placed among other historical sarcophagi at the Antalya Museum.
With a height of approximately 135 centimeters (53 inches) and width of 112 centimeters, the 3,000-kilogram (6,600-pound) tomb has been dubbed “Torre Nove” in archaeological literature.
Turkey’s longest and toughest marathon returns for the sixth year
The Lycian Way Ultra Marathon (LYUM), Turkey’s longest and toughest marathon, is being held for the sixth time this year between 23-30 September.
The marathon covers 230km of the 509km long historic Lycian Way. Due to its high degree of difficulty and natural, historic location, it is described as one of the unique marathon destinations in the world and attracts thousands of competitors every year.
The marathon offers six categories of varying degrees of difficulty to enable all levels of experience to take part. There is a category for everyone from new to professional athletes.
Each day, one stage is completed in the 6 stage race.
Visit the Lycian Way Ultra Marathon website (English) to find out more.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor played an away match against Pendikspor at Istanbul last Sunday. The final score was a 0-0 draw, a good away point for Fethiyespor.
Fethiyespor lost 0-2 against Gümüşhanespor in a home match on Saturday evening. This puts them in 11th position on the league table.
The next match is on Wednesday 20th at home against Nazillispor, kickoff is 20.30. This match is a Ziraat Cup round, the equivalent of the UK FA Cup.
The next league matches are:
23 September: away to Zonguldak Kömüspor – kickoff 15.30.
27 September: at home against Kahramanmaraşspor A.Ş – kickoff 19:00.
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Here are Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 4.67TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.50TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.43TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.41TL.
The Euro bought 4.10TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.10TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Today’s featured photograph is by Şemsi Toprak, Project Coordinator Turkey (Travel Foundation) and photographer.