Ancient Greek Mosaics Uncovered in Southern Turkey

Mosaics dating back 1,600 years, have been uncovered in the ancient city of İdyrus in the southern province of Antalya’s Kemer district.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mustafa Demirel, the Antalya Museum director and the head of İdyrus excavations, said ruins of a church and the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk settlements were found in Kemer.

Demirel said İdyrus is a modern ancient city established in the Ayışığı Cove and the church ruins reveal the phases of the ancient city from the Hellenistic era to the Roman and Eastern Roman era.

Some ruins and mosaics were unearthed by the Antalya Museum in 1976 in the ancient city but after that year, the excavations were stopped.

Demirel said excavations were focused on the church, which is believed to be in the center of the ancient city.

He said mosaics were used in the central nave (the place of religious ceremonies) and on the right and left side of the floor, adding they could see them clearly in the church.

Source: Hurriyet