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Gaziantep Castle sees collapses after earthquake rocks Turkey, Syria

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A castle built nearly 2,000 years ago in southern Turkey partially collapsed Monday following a series of deadly earthquakes that so far claimed over 3,000 lives in Turkey and Syria, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu

Archaeologists believe the Gaziantep Castle has towered over Gaziantep, a city 20 miles from the quake’s epicenter, since about the first and second centuries, during the Roman period, according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture. It saw military and civil uses over the centuries, the ministry said. 

A view of damaged historical Gaziantep Castle after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit in Gaziantep, Turkey on February 6, 2023. Th

The structure stood for centuries before Monday’s violent 7.8 earthquake leveled several of the twelve bastions  believed to have been constructed during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in the mid-500s, Anadolu Agency reported. 

Images shared by the news agency also showed the rubble from a collapsed retaining wall cascading over a large hill. The agency said some bastions showed signs of cracking.

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