World Bulletin / News Desk
An ancient Roman public bath, located in Sarıkaya, a district of the central province of Yozgat, will be opened for tourism following the completion of excavations in the area, the mayor of Sarıkaya has said.
Mayor Ali Osman Erbir told the Cihan news agency on Monday that efforts have been going on for four years to open up the ancient Roman public bath for tourism, which would make a significant contribution to the promotion of the district.
“Excavations coordinated with the Yozgat Museum Directorate have been ongoing for four years, and we have made progress. Two buildings surrounding the bath, which belong to the Special Provincial Administration, and some other buildings [also in the area] belonging to private persons need to be expropriated so as to continue with the excavations. We have met with our governor for the expropriation of these buildings, and he stated the two buildings of the Special Provincial Administration will be removed. Introducing the ancient Roman public bath to Turkey and the world will be a great advance [both] socially and economically,” Erbir said.
He noted that the importance of the bath depends on thermal spring water and narrated a legend well known among the public: “According to the legend, the daughter of a Roman king falls ill. The king seeks ways for his daughter to recover from this ailment, and finally, thanks to this thermal water, the girl regains her health. Upon this event, [the king] has a public bath built here. As can also be understood from the pictures carved on the stones, there are bull and snake figures. The bull figure represents power, while the snake, just as it is used in medicine as a symbol today, stands for health. This is why from this picture we can conclude that the water of this place is curative. Our purpose is to enable the 3,000-year-old ancient Roman public bath to be integrated into the tourism of our district and our country.”Last Mod: 09 Temmuz 2012, 17:40