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Ancient port city found near Instanbul

Excavations have begun at the 1,600-year-old city of Bathonea, Near Instabul, after the port was found through research into historic documents written by geographers several hundred years ago.

Öniz argues that a military port on the site had the capacity to host more than 40 ships. He said the search for a lighthouse was started after people claimed “there is a minaret in the lake.”

Culture and Tourism Ministry Monuments and Museums Department General Director Orhan Düzgün said Bathonea was added to the 150 ancient cities that are currently being excavated. Düzgün said the lighthouse found here is one of the three most important ancient lighthouses.

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