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Romans vs. Ottomans

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Medieval Corner: Roman defense wall against Seljuq minaret and kümbet, classic Turkish architecture in Antalya citadel.

Hadrian's Gate, Antalya

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The Hadrian's Gate, Hadrianus Gate or Üçkapılar, meaning the Three Gates in Turkish, is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited Antalya in 130 A.D. It has three arched gates. According to the legend, Sultan Belkis, the Queen of Sheba, is said to have passed under those gates and enjoyed a happy day in the palace in Aspendos on her way to visit King Solomon.

Hittite Cuneiform Tablet

Letter from thousands of years ago:

Hittite cuneiform is the implementation of cuneiform script used in writing the Hittite language. The surviving corpus of Hittite texts is preserved in cuneiform on clay tablets dates to the 2nd millennium BC (roughly spanning the 17th to 12th centuries).