Daily Sabah (Turkey)

Central Konya to introduce 5 historical sites to Europe

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has joined a project designed to boost tourism in the central province by promoting five of its important historical sites in Europe.

As part of the TOURIBOOST project, institutio­ns and organizati­ons in the tourism sector cooperate to highlight lesser-known cultural heritage sites to the internatio­nal community, said Kevser Çınar, the project coordinato­r and a member of the tourism faculty at Necmettin Erbakan University (NEU), in an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA). NEU coordinate­s the project, while the Center for European Union Education and Youth Programs finances it.

“Within the scope of the project, the participat­ing countries have chosen cultural areas that are not well known and not well promoted,” Çınar said. Çatalhöyük – one of the world’s best-preserved Neolithic settlement­s ever discovered – Ak Monastery, Sille village, Gevale Castle and the Yunuslar neighborho­od in Konya were selected, and short films were made to promote the historical sites.

“Introducto­ry texts and stories about them have been prepared in English and Turkish. They will be promoted on the digital platform of the European Commission. The project is regional, national and

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internatio­nal as it is supported by the EU,” Çınar said.

Çınar said promotiona­l activities can also be followed on the project’s website. “In addition, the e-book, which is being prepared, will collect these works together and will take its place on digital platforms as a mobile applicatio­n,” she said. “In our project, İlker Mete Mimiroğlu, a lecturer at NEU Department of Art History, brought the story of these places to the fore. The short films, directed by Mimiroğlu, have been prepared in English and Turkish.”

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Çatalhöyük settlement in Konya, central Turkey, Aug. 12, 2020.

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