October 31, 2020

Phrygian valley cradle

CRADLE OF CULTURE: Phrygian valley

On one side monumental tumuli, giant rock-carved reliefs, altars and cave dwellings, on the other fairy chimney formations like works of art and the thermal springs that have warmed the lofty steppes of the Anatolian plateau for centuries. While wandering in the valleys and highlands, you grasp more easily the place in human history of the Phrygian civilization and its rich cultural heritage.

The region that includes the provinces of Afyonkarahisar, Kutahya and Eskisehir, where the monuments of the Phrygian civilization are located, is known today as the Valley of the Phrygians. Three cities still preserve their historic links with this magnificent geography, which illumines the present with the light of the past. Countless local riches, such as Afyonkarahisar`s marbles, Kutahya tiles and Eskisehir`s alabaster, are the touchstones of this cultural journey.

Every day at dawn, first the castle perched on the colossal rock mas

Alanya Turquoise Blue


The average air temperature never falls below 19°C here in this town blessed with sunshine 300 days of the year. What`s more, getting there is as easy as pie thanks to Alanya Gazipasa Airport. Just 135 kilometers east of Antalya, Alanya has a history going back thousands of years. Home to the tribes dispersed to Anatolia after the Trojan War, the city was known as Kolodorus, meaning beautiful mountain, in the Byzantine period.

Enjoying a golden age in the medieval period, it grew and developed inside one of Anatolia`s most impressive castles. A small fishing community surrounded by orange orchards


A special development for its 10th year

In its 10th year, Filmekimi goes beyond Istanbul’s city limits and takes the best and most current examples of cinema to five more cities in Turkey. The special selection comprised of films in the Filmekimi and Istanbul Film Festival programme will be shown in Izmir on 13-16 October, in Bursa and Konya on 20-23 October and in Trabzon and Diyarbakir on 27-30 October.

This year’s prominent films include the Dardenne Brothers’ ‘The Kid with a Bike’ which shared the Cannes Grand Jury Award with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Once Upon A Time in Anatolia`, the latest film by Lars von Trier `Melancholia`, the latest film by Jaffar Panahi ‘This Is Not a Film’ and ‘This Must Be the Plac` directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Sean Penn.

The festival will also showcase the latest works of prominent directors