The ancient city of Isaura, residence to the Zengibar Castle, welcomes guests to Turkey’s central Konya province with its spectacular partitions, bastions, theater, triumphal arch and rock tombs. The ancient city, described because the “Ephesus of Konya,” holds the potential of turning into a chief web site for native and international guests as soon as extra of its historic riches are unearthed.
The Zengibar Castle was constructed at a strategic level, at an altitude of 1,850 meters (6,070 toes) within the Taurus Mountains, between the present-day neighborhoods of Hacılar and Ulupınar within the Bozkır district. The fortress was utilized by the Hittites, Persians and Romans, positioned within the ancient area of Lycaonia. The fortress is one of a very powerful examples of Roman stonemasonry. One half of its wall and bastions, which surrounded the ancient city of Isaura, nonetheless stands.
Visitors right now can drive to Isaura from the Hacılar neighborhood by way of the Konya-Bozkır street. A 4-meter-high gate topped by an arch welcomes guests into the ancient city, which was inhabited by 10,000 folks throughout the Roman interval. The gate was constructed between two towers, one of which has been utterly destroyed, in a pentagonal and hexagonal architectural construction to the south of the fortress.
If you comply with the primary road after getting into by means of the gate within the south, you’ll attain the triumphal arch and the basilica, the biggest constructing within the city, which was later used as a church. Some of the stones within the city characteristic many stone rubbings of photographs reminiscent of wreaths, helmets, knee pads, swords, shields and arrows.
Massive stones reduce to perfection
The stones used within the development of the fortress’s 3.5-meter-thick fortifications have been introduced from the stone quarry on the summit of the mountain. How these giant, rectangular stones have been reduce to millimetric perfection 1000’s of years in the past stays a thriller.
Experts imagine a wealth of invaluable artifacts lie beneath the floor of the ancient city, waiting to be found by means of excavations and restoration work. In an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA), Hacılar neighborhood headman Hüseyin Bardakçı stated that regardless of the destruction the ancient city has gone by means of, most of the fortress ramparts and church buildings have survived till not too long ago.
Bardakçı stated vacationers coming to the ancient city need Isaura to be utterly unearthed. “First of all, archaeological excavation should be carried out right here. The area can be an essential vacation spot with its magnificent buildings unearthed. The ancient city can entice extra guests,” he stated.