Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records
Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.
Since Thursday, Turkey has been swept with a heatwave from North Africa, pushing temperatures across the country 10 to 12 degrees above seasonal norms.
Thermometers in Antalya on Sunday hit 43.0 degrees Celsius (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit), breaking the previous record of 38.7 C set on May 26, 1945.
In Muğla, the temperature hit 39.3 C, breaking the May 30, 1932 record of 36.0 C.
500-year-old Bible found in northwestern Turkey
Two bibles believed to be 500 years old have been found in a police operation in the northwestern province of Edirne, the local governor’s office has said.
An anti-smuggling team seized the two bibles in a shoebox in a car driving towards the Greek border in the district of Uzunköprü.
The team seized the bibles and detained three suspects over the incident.
The bibles were delivered to the Edirne Museum Directorate and no further details of the books were provided.
Thousands of anti-smuggling operations are carried out across Turkey every year to halt the illegal sale of historical objects and protect the country’s rich cultural heritage.
The retention of artifacts is crucial to a country that is home to about 3,000 ancient cities from 42 civilizations and whose tourism industry relies on its rich historical heritage to attract millions of foreign visitors each year.
Sources : Hürriyet Daily News/Daily Sabah
Column of Julian in Ankara awaits storks
A stork’s nest has been placed on top of the Column of Julian, famous for hosting storks, by Ankara Social Studies University (ASBU) to encourage the famous birds to use the spot to nest again.
Veterinarians told the school that the storks may have originally left their spot either because one of them died or their nest was damaged, but new storks would definitely come and use the spot as their nest again. While storks don’t necessarily mate for life, they do tend to return to the same nests and mating partner.
The historic landmark was erected in honor of Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate’s visit to Ankara nearly 1,700 years ago and is nearly 15 meters long (49 feet). In 1934, it was transferred from Ulus Taşhan to the nearby ASBU building, which used to be the Governor’s building and is surrounded at the heart of historic, cultural and religious sites in Ankara
The landmark is so famous that when residents give directions they referred to the column as the “storks nest” or the “Minaret of Belkıs.”
The Column of Julian and its nest was printed on postage stamps and postcards to symbolize the capital.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Last steel block placed in Çanakkale 1915 Bridge
Construction continues on the 101-kilometer highway on the Malkara-Gelibolu-Çanakkale 1915 Bridge as part of the Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Savaştepe Highway Project in the northwestern Çanakkale province.
The suspension bridge will cross the Çannakale Strait and will have the longest central span in the world.
A ceremony took place on Saturday as the last steel block of the 318-meter (1,043-feet) towers was put into place. The ceremony was attended by President Erdoğan via videoconference who said,
“The bridge with the title of the longest of its kind in the world, will decorate the Strait as a symbol of our 1915 Çanakkale Victory.”
The bridge is planned to be put into service on March 18, 2022.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Olympus excavations to start in July
Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Olympus in the southern province of Antalya’s Kumluca district will start in July in the episcopal palace, which was used as a sacred area in the Roman and Byzantine eras. The works will be carried out simultaneously with the restoration works in the acropolis and necropolis areas.
Work was originally set to start in March this year however, were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The head of Olympus excavations, Anadolu University academic Professor Yelda Uçkan told Hürrieyt Daily News,
“If everything goes well we will start our work in mid-July, making sure we take the necessary precautions against coronavirus. We will have to work with a more simplified team and possibly fewer workers to adhere to social distancing guidelines.”
Preparation work goes on at Inlice beach
Preparation work is being carried out at Inlice Beach near Fethiye in readiness for summer visitors.
Social distancing requirements will accompany the reopening of beaches and the beach has plenty of space to get that organised at the appropriate time.
Photographs courtesy of Fethiye Municipality and by Lyn Ward.
Turkish football to restart on June 12 despite new virus cases in several clubs
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has confirmed its decision to resume the Turkish Süper Lig, despite concerns over further spreading the novel coronavirus as several clubs reported new infections.
In a statement on Wednesday, TFF said the Turkish Süper Lig will resume on June 12 while second-tier TFF 1. Lig will start a week later. All the other leagues, including TFF 2., 3. Lig and regional amateur leagues, are set to resume on July 18.
However, a day after TFF decided to restart the Süper Lig, Istanbul heavyweight Beşiktaş released a statement with some bad news.
“All our footballers, technical team and employees have been tested for COVID-19. Eight of them have tested positive,” the club said in the statement.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 8.35 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.79 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.90 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.08 TL.
The Euro bought 7.46 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.77 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Sunset at Çalış” by Lyn Ward