The Gift / Atiye series will show the historical heritage of Turkey

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The filming of The Gift / Atiye series starring Beren Saat and Mehmet Günsür continues in Istanbul. The first four episodes of the series have already been filmed, the fifth episode of the project is being filmed.

After the shooting of the sixth episode, the team of the series will be relocated to Southeastern Anatolia in the city of Urfa, near which is located the oldest temple complex on the earth, dating back to about 9000 BC – Göbekli Tepe. There are suggestions that Urfa was conquered repeatedly throughout history, and has been dominated by many civilizations, including the Ebla, Akkadians, Sumerians, Babylonians, Hittites, Armenians, Hurri-Mitannis, Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Ancient Macedonians (under Alexander the Great), Seleucids, Arameans, the Neo-Assyrian Osrhoenes, Romans, Sassanids, Byzantines, and Arabs

It is there that the artist Atiye (Beren Saat) will get to know her mystical power. Filming in the oldest temple in the world will last 40 days, after which the film crew will go to Adıyaman, where Nemrut Mountain (Nemrut Dag) is located.

In 62 BC, King Antiochus built on the mountain top a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues 8–9-metre-high. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site. The site also preserves stone slabs with bas-relief figures that are thought to have formed a large frieze. These slabs display the ancestors of Antiochus, who included Armenians, Greeks, and Persians. Possible uses for this site are thought to have included religious ceremonies, owing to the astronomical and religious nature of the monument.

We remind you that both Göbekli Tepe and Nemrut Mountain are included in the UNESCO list of the cultural heritage of mankind. The filming of The Gift / Atiye series is scheduled for completion in early June, after which the series’s team will start work on the 3rd and 4th seasons of series.

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