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Turkey, earthquake. Gaziantep Castle collapsed

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The walls of Gaziantep Castle collapsed after an earthquake hit Turkey on Monday. The building was erected by the Romans, until recently it was a tourist attraction in the south-eastern part of the country.

On Monday at 4.17 local time (2.17 in Poland) there was an incident a magnitude 7.8 earthquakethe epicenter of which was 37 kilometers northwest of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, with a population of around two million, close to the Syrian border.

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In central Turkey at 13.24 local time (11.24 in Poland) there was another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7. The tremors were also felt by the inhabitants of Syria and Lebanon. At least 1,900 people died in the disaster.

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An ancient castle has collapsed

The earthquake caused the collapse of a large part of Gaziantep Castle. “Some bastions in the eastern, southern and southeastern parts of the historic castle in the central district of Sahinbey were destroyed by the earthquake, rubble was scattered on the road,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“Iron barriers around the castle were scattered along the surrounding pavements, and the retaining wall next to the castle collapsed. Large cracks were observed in some bastions” – it was reported.

According to Turkish Museums, a website that brings together Turkish museums and archaeological sites in the country, the castle was built by the Romans as a watchtower in the 2nd or 3rd century AD, and then expanded. It took the form known until recently during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I the Great (ruling in the period 527-565 AD).

The dome and east wall of the 17th-century Sirvani Mosque, which is located next to the castle, also partially collapsed.

Main photo source: Abaca/East News

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