Alliaoi - Izmir, 20.Jan.2008

 

The ancient city of Allianoi close to the ancient sight of Bergama in the province of Izmir is about to be covered by sand due to the construction of the Yortanlı Dam. 

Allianoi is an ancient spa settlement dating back to the Roman Empire. The city was in a surprisingly good condition and a rare sight of its kind in the Aegean region. The activation of the Yortanlı Dam will inundate the ancient remains and thus make them disappear for good. The Monument Protection Service had accepted a legal claim against the flooding of Allianoi in 2005. Nevertheless, the same office revised the decision in a non-public session two years later despite international protest of the UNESCO, the EU and ICOMOS.. 

 

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