A 2,500-year-old mausoleum in the southern Turkish province of Antalya has become the victim of vandalism.
Considered one of the symbolic mausoleums of the Lycian era, the mausoleum, located in the Gölova neighborhood, 12 kilometers away from the Elmalı district, had classical-age paintings and Byzantine-era decorations. However, the inside and outside walls of the structure have been scraped off and painted with colored paints.
“A 2,500 year old mausoleum is the victim of graffiti. It is disappearing in front of us,” said Ertuğrul Gün, a local, who reacted against the situation.
“We are sad about this vandalism against historical values. We have sent photos to various directorates to clean the structure and protect it. I hope it will be protected before it sees more damage,” said Gölova Mayor Ali Küçük.
“I was very sorry when I saw the structure. It was completely destroyed. We have ordered for the writing to be cleaned using a nutshell. We do not use the sanding method because it may cause scratches,” said Antalya Relievos and Monuments Director Cemil Karabayram.
The structure, dating back to the fifth and sixth century BC, was examined by U.S. Professor Machteld J. Mellink. The structure had previously been damaged by treasure hunters.