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Ministry launches projects to restore ancient Roman temple.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has launched plans for several projects to restore the ancient 2,000-year-old Roman temple called the Temple of Augustus and Rome in Ankara.

The temple stands next to the Hacy Bayram Mosque in the Ulus district of the capital. The Augustus Temple was built after Roman Emperor Augustus annexed the lands of the Galatians and Ancyra (Ankara) to the Roman Empire in the year 25 B.C. The temple, known in Latin as Monumentum Ancyranum, was dedicated to Rome and built in honor of Emperor Augustus and the city's goddess.

The projects of the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums within the ministry include surveying, restoration and landscaping.

Examinations have started in and around the temple, but, the starting date of the actual restoration will be announced once the planning stage has been completed.

Excavations were conducted at the site in 2008. The temple was listed in October 2001 by World Monuments Watch as one of the top 100 archeological sites in need of protection as shared pieces of world history.

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Date:Feb 3, 2016
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