UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aizanoi ancient city located in Çavdarhisar in Kütahya province of Turkey, is being restored.
According to ECI public relations quoting Anadolu Agency, Prof. Elif Özer, the head of the excavation and restoration team, told Anadolu Agency that, with its 5,000-year-old Zeus theater, the site the site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2012.
Aizanoi belongs to period of Roman Empire and due to having 20,000 people capacity Roman theater and 13,500-people capacity ancient stadium in its neighborhood, the site is dubbed as the second Ephesus. Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry along with Rıza Güral, a businessman in Kütahya, has signed a sponsorship protocol for the restoration.
"We began to work with the support of the governor of Kütahya. With the project set to last about six years, we aim to make this place available for tourists as the earliest," she added.
Yalın Pekvar, the project architect, pointed out that natural disasters like earthquakes and landslides had damaged the ancient theater and stadium.
During this time, some of the theater's stones have been removed, and we are making best efforts to accurately measure the marble blocks and limestones used and replace them with similar ones.