NEW UNDERGROUND MONASTERY FOUND IN CAPPADOCIA

A monastery hewn from the rock has been found during excavations and cleaning works in an underground city that was discovered in 2014 in Cappadocia during a urban transformation project.
Excavation and cleaning works have been continuing on an area of 400,000 square meters that includes 11 neighborhoods around Nevşehir Castle, which is situated in the city center and has been declared a third-degree archaeological area. Read more »

PLASTIC BAGS BANNED- ISTANBUL PRINCES’ ISLANDS

Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands municipality has banned the use of plastic bags on its five inhabited islands.
The ban, which was issued by the council of the municipality, that is came into effect at the businesses of the islands by May 2016.
In 2011, the municipality decided to promote and encourage the use of papers bags, cloth bags, and string bags instead of plastic bags in the shops and markets, which take hundreds of years to decompose in nature if not recycled. Read more »

TURKEY SINKS AIRBUS JET TO BOOST DIVING TOURISM

Turkish authorities have sunk an A300 Airbus jet off a resort on the Aegean Sea with the aim of boosting diving tourism in the region.
The giant plane was put to the bottom of the sea on June 4 off the popular resort of Kuşadası in Aydın province.
The sinking of the giant plane with a wingspan of 44 meters (144 feet) and a length of 54 meters (177 feet) is aimed at promoting artificial reef diving which is hugely popular with experienced divers. Read more »

WORLD’S LONGEST AND DEEPEST RAIL TUNNEL OPENS IN EUROPE

The world’s longest and deepest train tunnel officially opened on June 1 in Switzerland, nearly seven decades after the initial design was conceived and 17 years after its construction started. The opening saw the attendance of many European leaders as well as prayers by a priest, an imam and a rabbi, as well as colorful dance performances.

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