Zecharia Sitchin’s Expedition to Turkey - Final Parts 3 & 4

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PART 3: ( 1 hr.) Sitchin takes the group for a visit to the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemel Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Then, it’s on to see museums such as the Anadolu Museum, Ankara Museum and Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology where he talks about ancient Hittite and other artifacts, including some puzzling ones like artifacts also found in Meso America.

Driving eastward, the group makes a brief stop at the Euphrates River, then heads to Urfa (officially known as Sanliurfa and thought by some to be ancient Ur) and Harran where they travel back to Abraham’s time 4,000 years ago by visiting places immortalized by the biblical tales of the sojourn of Abraham’s family on the way from Ur in Sumer to Canaan. They visit Jacobs Well along the way and see actual sheep grazing in the fields and water deep in the well. Then it’s a stopover to see Castle at the Ruins of Harran.

Next on their travels they visit the Temple of Harran and get a view of the Great Mosque in Urfa. Last stop in this video is a visit to Abraham’s cave, where it is said Abraham was to have been born. There’s a tradition that the carp in the surrounding pool of water are sacred fish and feeding them will bring good luck.

PART 4: ( 1 hr.) Sitchin’s group flies from Urfa (ancient Ur) back to Ankara to begin their overland tour by bus, this time heading to the enchanting area of Cappadocia. The winding landscape of Cappadocia, an area shaped by volcanic eruptions, reveals a maze of cones, slopes and ‘chimneys’ created by nature, and hides underground cities carved out by Man.

The group stopped to visit an underground city called Mazi, where evidence of domesticated animals lived below with people back in time. A deep tunnel for water and a hidden church were revealed. The underground mazes of Cappadocia, some extending fourteen stories down, served as hiding places for early Christians and subterranean churches. Whoever was there in antiquity can only be speculated. Visiting one such church, the group learns of a Turkish legend from an old painting. Leaving Cappadocia, they pause for a minute to snap a photo of the Fairy Chimneys.

The next day they visit both Istanbul’s famed Oriental and Archaeological Museums. With its unique exhibits, Sitchin seeks out specific ones that were not on display. He describes an ancient written inscription (possibly dating back from the late 9th century BC) of how an underground waterway, called the Siloam Tunnel, connected under Jerusalem to bring water into the city when under siege.

Among the morning’s sightseeing itinerary, they visit the magnificent Aya Sofia museum-mosque (formally the church of the Holy Wisdom) that date back to AD 325, and the incredibly beautiful Blue Mosque which was constructed about 400 years ago.

Last up on the trip is a visit to the Topkapi Palace and Museum, renowned by film and TV thrillers, where treasures of Ottoman Sultans are displayed (such as the Topkapi Dagger and Spoonmaker’s Diamond). In the end, they seek out the very Piri Re’is map of 1513, which shows South America and Antarctica before Europeans had found them.

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