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Investigated Cultural and Natural Wealth:
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  Project Information:
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 Findings
 Phyrgians
 Phygrian Valley Tourism Zone Project
 Problems
 Suggested Solutions
 Destruction Report
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 References
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  Cultural Wealth
Rock Settlements, Altars, Churches, Mosques etc.
  Natural Beauties
Fairy Chimneys, Forests, Lakes etc.
  Thermal Foundations
Spa and Hotel Pictures
  Views from the Museum
Works exhibited in the Archaelogy Museum of Afyonkarahisar
  Bayat Carpets
Dance of ocher through the carpet
  Festivals, Public Celebrations
Cultural Rishes and Social Activities
  Pictures of Destruction
The Gloomy Face of Destruction
  AFESPİM
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Anatolia with an important location in the world, its key city as a strategically important bridge, Afyonkarahisar, has hosted many tribes who accepted it as a fatherland because of its geographical location and continued their lives there, mixed their cultures with new cultures and contributed to development of new cultures, as a result of which the city gained importance and has kept it until today.

Investigating cultural riches, which were unique in the world and built thousands years ago as a sign of human intelligence and talent and natural riches that are miracle of nature, is an important step to intoduce them  and to mix cultures to serve to the peace of the world.

Thousands years before Phyrgian's arrival in Anatolia,  there were many civilizations that sprouted and turned to green in Anatolia as in Çatalhöyük, contrary to rumours, that inspirated and modelled new civilizations in the world. Along with these civilizations, a Mother Goddes Cybele cult arouse that symbolizes and is identical with the fertility of Anatolia. Pyrgians and other civilizations, conscious of this 'fertility', maintained this cult. Afyonkarahisar proximity with its fertile land that is vital for the continuity of life and with its mountainous areas suitable for defence, was an appropriate environment for Phyrgians and even during the time when they lost their political sovereignty they kept their cultural improvements for over a thousand year. Cultural riches of this period were destroyed or damaged as a result of natural effects or ill-mannared people's destruction. However, Phyrgian remains around us still shine like the sun on our land with the cultural heritage that previous and subsequent civilizations had established and they still cry out that they sustained Anatolia as a cultural home.

Lying in the district among Afyonkarahisar, Kütahya and Eskişehir provinces, the historical, natural and cultural texture of the Phyrgian Valley should be considered as a study of these three cities, therefore, in coordination of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism studies were started by the governors of the three cities. In this scope, Governorship of Afyonkarahisar with in person instructions and patronage of the Governor, a project group was established with support of the staff working in Afyon Emergency Management and Information Processing Center (ADUYBIM). At first, the group made surface surveys in the district of the Valley lying in borders of our province and then evaluated the data. The studies done in this framework include identification of historical, cultural and natural riches on scientific basis, classification, registration, protection and promotion of them, identification of  economical and social dimension of the city, bringing to light the tourism potential by identifying transportation, accommodation and activity capacity, determining deficiencies and quoting them to public authorities and achieving economical power in coordination with the public authorities.

Finally, we aim to succeed in transferring the natural, cultural and historical wealth to subsequent generations, preparing the Cultural Inventory of the Phyrgian Valley and revealing the existence of cultural continuity which is observed throughout Anatolia in the borders of the Valley as well as acghieving social, cultural and economical development of our city, region and country with tourism income earned as a result of promotion  activities that triggers tourism.

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