BARUT HOTELS, THE TURKISH HOTEL BRAND, CONTINUES TO SUPPORT EXCAVATION WORKS IN ANTALYA-SIDE, WHERE IT WAS FOUNDED
With significant contributions to introduction of Side, the most important tourist attraction in Antalya, to Turkish tourism industry, Barut Hotels continues to support the archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Side, which play the most valuable role in the regional tourism. The meeting of Barut Hotels on Excavations in the Ancient City of Side was held in Acanthus Cennet Barut Collection. Samuray Onen, Commercial Director at Barut Hotels Group, and Feristah Alanyali, the Excavation Site Director at the Ancient City of Side, participated in the meeting and gave information about the excavations and restorations being conducted in the region.
WE OBSERVE THE ARTIFACTS UNEARTHED IN THE ANCIENT CITY OF SIDE AND WE ARE PROUD OF OUR REGION.
At the meeting where the opening speech was given by Birgul Akgul, Marketing and Corporate Communications Supervisor at Barut Hotels, Samuray Onen, the Commercial Director at Barut Hotels Group, said, “We are in Side, where the foundations of Barut Hotels were laid 50 years ago. It is our primary goal to contribute to Side and Antalya, where we were born and have grown. We, as Barut Hotels, are the sponsor of the excavations in the Ancient City of Side, and support numerous events. For our Sponsorship of the Excavations in the Ancient City of Side, we follow the developments in this region, which is the cradle of civilization, with excitement. We observe the unearthed artifacts together, and we are proud of it. We are aware of the importance of culture and history in competition. We are a brand that was born on this land. The historical richness of this land will provide benefit to all of us.”
BARUT FAMILY BECOMES THE LEADER
Feristah Alanyali, the Excavation Site Director at the Ancient City of Side, stated the support of Barut Hotels accelerated the excavation works, and extended her thanks to Barut Hotels for their support. Alanyali said, “In fact, Side is an ancient city, which has been well known in the scientific world since the 19th century. Immigrants from Crete, which is also the origin of Barut Family, settled in Side. Cretans began to build a modern city next to the ancient city after 1899. After 3,500 years, the city was re-established and started to be called as the village of Selimiye. Side became famous in Turkey and all over the world in the 1960s for the historical artifacts it hosts. This made Side started to be regarded as a small tourism location. Barut Family leaded the way in the first tourism movement. No other ancient cities have the features hosted by Side. Apart from being an ancient city, it features modern life and tourism. Tourism industry saw a big jump in Side in the 60s. Significant excavation works have been carried out so far in Side. The unearthed values made everyone happy.”
BARUT HOTELS WILL CONTUNUE TO SUPPORT
Saying, "When it comes to Side, Side and Apollon temples come to mind.”, Alanyali added, “But we found very old temples during the excavations. The history of temples in Side dates back to 900 years ago. Side had its own written and spoken language in ancient times. We unearthed an inscription. We also found artifacts belonging to Seljuks during these excavations. We found out that Seljuks also used the city for a while." Saying that the monumental fountain in Side was restored by the support of Barut Hotels, Feristah Alanyali added, “We want to restore the pond in front of the fountain by the support of Barut Hotels. We will also restore one of the most important buildings of the city in the upcoming days. The support of Barut Hotels was very important for Side. I hope their support will continue in the upcoming years.”