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Ancient city welcomes visitors with 3D reconstructions

Visitors to the ancient city of Stratonikeia, in Turkey’s Muğla’s Yatağan district, can now travel back in time thanks to enhancements from 3D technology that helps to reimagine the impressive structures that once stood on the site.

The ancient city of Stratonikeia.
The ancient city of Stratonikeia. Image by Sarah Murray / CC BY-SA 2.0

Excavation work recently finished in Stratonikeia, one of the world’s largest marble cities, revealing structures from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Anatolian beylics, Ottoman and Republic eras and  featuring a range of buildings from Roman and Turkish baths to emperors’ temples. Head of excavations, Professor Bilal Söğüt, said that the city was known as the city of love and prized for its gladiators. 3D technology and projections have been used to revive some of the structures and Söğüt adds that visitors can see ‘the Emperor’s Temple, the Western and Northern street and the Gymnasium as a whole in the entrance of the city’. Read more: hurriyetdailynews.com