Evren Bozan

Hi, My name is Evren Bozan and I am a Professional Tour Guide and Turkish Travel Specialist. I am always an ambassador of Turkey and its great heritage. I love to share my experiences with the other travellers and assist them during their journeys.

Travelling, Discovering the ancient off beaten tracks, Meeting with locals,Learning about their traditions and also Tasting different foods are the things that everyone desires to do. You can experience them all in Turkey.

When I was having bachelor degree on Travel Management,  I had a seperate class to become an official tour guide in 2002. Soon after graduating from college as an Travel Specialist, I worked for the most reputable travel agencies of Turkey and gained plenty of experience in tour and shore excursion plannings.

Now, I do provide guiding services in English mainly in Istanbul and also in the other parts of Turkey like Ephesus/Kusadasi and Cappadocia. I always focus on proper presentation of my country with a good harmony of history, culture and gastronomy. My personal communication skills are very intense and positive ; thus I am the right person for you who can give you a hand to discover Turkey .


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The ancient Gate to the Hell was discovered in Turkey, Hierapolis

Gate to hell in TurkeyA "gate to hell" has been discovered by archaeologists in ruins in southwestern Turkey according to Discovery News reported on Monday, Apr. 1, 2013. Known as Pluto's Gate - Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin - the cave was often celebrated as a portal to the underworld. That's of course, through Greco-Roman mythology and tradition.
Historic sources located the "gate to hell" site in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, which is now known as Pamukkale. The opening of the gate to hell in Turkey was described as filled with lethal mephitic vapors.
“This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,” the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BC -- about 24 AD) wrote.
“I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell,” he added.
At a conference on Italian archaeology in Istanbul, Turkey in March, the finding was made by a team led by professor Francesco D'Andria. He is a professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento. The Hellenistic city of Hierapolis grew into a flourishing Roman city complete with a theater, temples, and a popular sacred hot springs that was believed to have healing properties.
“We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale' springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave,” D'Andria told Discovery News.

Prophet Abraham's lost city found in Turkey's Kilis


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Once a sleepy area in one of the hottest areas in Turkey, the southeastern province of Kilis has gained prominence in recent months as it welcomes thousands of refugees from Syria’s civil war. Its appearance on the stage of history, however, is in keeping with the area’s importance in antiquity, as new archaeological excavations have revealed traces of Prophet Abraham’s stay in the vicinity, as well as a treasure from Alexander the Great.

Researchers working in the area have discovered what they are terming a “lost city,” according to the head of the excavation team, Cumhuriyet University Archaeology Department Associate Professor Atilla Engin.

“According to a papyrus document from the Iron Age, a lost city which we have found in the region is where the Prophet Abraham lived. It will make great contributions to the region and the country’s tourism. We have also found 134 silver coins in the treasure of Alexander the Great,” Engin said.

Significant kingdom

Speaking to members of the press, Engin said the area where they found the evidence and artifacts, the Oylum tumulus, was one of the most important and largest in the region, as it shed light on the history of the region.

“In terms of its size, the Oylum tumulus is one of the largest in Turkey, but more importantly, we are here because it was a significant kingdom in the Bronze Age. Cuneiform documents and seal stamps of Hittite kings obtained during three excavation seasons prove to us that this area was the center of a kingdom. We think that this place is the ancient city of Ullis. Documents from 3,000 B.C. show that this city was very important. But of course we need more documents and findings to prove it. We are still working on it,” he said. 

Ullis thought to have been in Mediterranean

Engin said Ullis was thought to have been located in the eastern Mediterranean, but their new discoveries show that the Oylum tumulus was the city of the ancient city. 

“The name of Ullis is mentioned in ancient Akat documents. It matches with the name mentioned in Hittite documents. In the papyrus documents, this city is said to be the city where the Prophet Abraham had lived. In the Ullis plain, there is a center, which is related to a name, Abraam, but this center was sought in the eastern Mediterranean. We have reached important information about it, too,” the academic said.

Engin said the city was the place where the Prophet Abraham had lived, according to a papyrus document from the Iron Age. 

“It will draw attention as a sensational finding and make great contributions to the region’s and the country’s tourism,” he said, noting that they had also reached the world’s oldest glass atelier in the excavations. 

Engin said the Kilis Museum had been established with pieces unearthed so far in the excavations, hinting that some of the new findings would also find their way into the museum. “Artifacts from the Bronze Age draw particular attention at the museum.”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/prophet-abrahams-lost-city-found-in-turkeys-kilis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52591&NewsCatID=375



Ottoman Era Cistern Discovered

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — While restoring the eighteenth-century Nuruosmaniye Mosque, located near Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, workers from Foundations Istanbul Provincial discovered an Ottoman-era cistern. “We removed 420 trucks’ worth of slime from the cistern. Then the magnificent gallery, cistern, and water gauge became visible. …There is also a well under this cistern. After cleaning the mud, we saw that the system was still working,” said Director İbrahim Özekinci. When the cleaning and conservation are finished in another year, he plans to turn the cistern into a museum and open it to visitors. http://www.archaeology.org/news/1362-131003-istanbul-nuruosmaniye-cistern 

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