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Friday, 12 August 2011

BBC coming to Turkey

The BBC will be coming to Turkey in September to shoot footage in the Central Anatolian province of Eskisehir.

The footage, to be part of a documentary called ‘The Crusades’ will be shot in Iznik, Antalya, Israel, and Egypt.

A professor at Eskisehir’s Anadolu University, Taciser Savas said: ““Eskisehir has importance in that the Selcuks, which lost the northwestern town of Iznik during the Crusades, came to Dorylaion in Eskisehir. The Crusaders got their first victory here. Dorylaion is the Byzantine door opening to the east.” Savas has been carrying out excavations in the Sarhoyuk for the past 30 years.

The documentary, is based on a book of the same name by Thomas Asbridge, Asbridge will also be on hand for the shooting of the documentary in Turkey. Savas said: “They will look at the walls of the castle and the artefacts that we unearthed during the excavations in Sarhoyuk. Since the stones were used in the construction of the Istanbul-Baghdad railway and Odunpazan houses, only basic parts of the castle have survived until today.”

The BBC coming to Turkey follows the recent revelation that a Hollywood director is to direct a movie in Turkey. Turkey offers a lot for people looking to shoot video, the development of Turkey in recent years has led to Turkey becoming a standout nation in the region.

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