Türkiye: Travel back in time

A visit to the historic sites in the Mount Nemrut region

by Edel Cassidy
Words Edel Cassidy

The country we’ve always known as Turkey has been officially renamed Türkiye (pronounced turkey-YAY), with the approval of the United Nations. It had called itself Türkiye since its independence in 1923, but it’s only recently, following a request from its government, that it has been recognised internationally by that name.

When news broke in February that massive earthquakes had struck the south-east of the country, I was devastated to hear of the enormous loss of life and destruction in cities that I had visited just weeks earlier. I was also concerned about the impact this would have on the livelihoods of many there who are dependent on tourism. However, I have been assured that much of Türkiye is safe and remains open, and visitors continue to be welcomed with warmth and appreciation. 

The highlight of my trip was a visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Mount Nemrut and the surrounding region, which has a wealth of archaeological sites, ancient cities and historic structures that tell the stories of earlier civilisations and traditions.

Harput Castle flying the Türkiye flag with grass and trees in the foreground
Harput Castle was built on a steep slope by the Urartians in the 8th century BC. Image courtesy of Türkiye Tourism.
Leaning minaret of Harput Ulu Mosque surrounded by trees
Leaning minaret of Harput Ulu Mosque.


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