Turkey's culture minister denies ancient mosaics damaged



Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish government is denying reports that at least eight ancient mosaics were ruined while being restored and moved to a new museum in southern Turkey.

Following an announcement this week that the Culture Ministry is investigating the incident at the Hatay Archeological Museum, Culture Minister Omer Celik told state-run Anadolu Agency Wednesday that the reports were untrue.

He said: "The Isis mosaic in question has not been damaged at all and the photos published in the daily have clearly been altered as proven by an investigation into the incident."

The Hatay museum is home to one of the world's greatest collections of Roman mosaics.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast