Gorgon, ancient Didyma, Turkey - classical Greek, 5th C. BC. The great temple here was destroyed by the Persians in 494 during Greece's Persian War.

Gorgon, ancient Didyma, Turkey - classical Greek, C. The great temple here was destroyed by the Persians in 494 during Greece's Persian War.Tempio di Apollo A Didima Turchia

The chapel’s structural integrity suggests that Myra may be largely intact underground. “This means we can find the original city, like Pompeii,” said Nevzat Cevik, an archaeologist at Akdeniz University who is director of the excavations at Myra, beneath the modern town of Demre.

Under Turkish Mud, Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel: One wall of the chapel has a cross-shaped window that, when sunlit, beams its shape onto an altar table. Photo by Myra-Andriake Excavations.

Sphinx dated BC 355, from Bodrum Castle. Originaly from Mausoleum of Halicarnassus(?).

Sphinx dated BC from Bodrum Castle. Originaly from Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

Archaeologists first detected the ancient city in 2009 using ground-penetrating radar that revealed anomalies whose shape and size suggested walls and buildings. Over the next two years they excavated a small, stunning 13th-century chapel sealed in an uncanny state of preservation. Carved out of one wall is a cross that, when sunlit, beams its shape onto the altar. Inside is a vibrant fresco that is highly unusual for Turkey.

Under Turkish Mud, Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

Archaeologists first detected the ancient city in 2009 using ground-penetrating radar that revealed anomalies whose shape and size suggested walls and buildings. Over the next two years they excavated a small, stunning 13th-century chapel sealed in an uncanny state of preservation. Carved out of one wall is a cross that, when sunlit, beams its shape onto the altar. Inside is a vibrant fresco that is highly unusual for Turkey.

Replica of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Miniapark, one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven Ancient Wonders of The World, located in Bodrum, Turkey.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln archaeological team unearths giant Roman mosaic in southern Turkey. The mosaic is near a third-century imperial temple in the city of Antiochia ad Cragum, also known as Antiochetta (small Antiochia), near Antalya. An overhead perspective of the roughly 40 percent of the mosaic uncovered so far. Researchers expect its total area to be about 1,600 square feet when fully unearthed in the summer of 2013

Crews uncover massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey. {Credit: Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln}

Nike, goddess of victory, ancient Priene, Turkey -- classical Greek, 5th C. BC.

Nike, goddess of victory, ancient Priene, Turkey -- classical Greek, C.

Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach Mausoleum of Mausolos Halicarnassus Bodrum Turkey from Entwurf Einer Historischen Architektur (1721)

Do you know the alleged classical seven wonders of the world? Mausoleum at Halicarnassus at Bodrum, Turkey, was built in 351 BC by the Greeks Carians and the Greeks but was destroyed by earthquakes in 1494

Mark Jackson, a Byzantine archaeologist at Newcastle University in England, who was not involved in the research, called the site “fantastic,” and added,“This level of preservation under such deep layers of mud suggests an extremely well-preserved archive of information.”

Under Turkish Mud, Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

Some archaeologists believe that the ancient city of Myra in Turkey, which was buried beneath 18 feet of mud 700 years ago, may be well-preserved.

Replica of the Chariot of the top of Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Miniaturk

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven Ancient Wonders of The World, located in Bodrum, Turkey.

Current Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum Turkey

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven Ancient Wonders of The World, located in Bodrum, Turkey.

The Roman bath uncovered during the excavations.

Archaeologists in southern Turkey are excavating an enormous mosaic, the largest of its kind in this region, that once surrounded an ancient Roman bath.

A detailed photograph of the tesserae, or tiles, that make up the massive Roman mosaic in Antiochia ad Cragum

Although the find was certainly intriguing, located as it was adjacent to the standing remains of a Roman bath structure, the Alanya Museum did not have the .

King Mausolos, British Museum London

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven Ancient Wonders of The World, located in Bodrum, Turkey.

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