UNESCO World Heritage: Safranbolu, Turkey. By virtue of its key role in the caravan trade over many centuries, Safranbolu enjoyed great prosperity and as a result it set a standard in public and domestic architecture that exercised a great influence on urban development over a large area of the Ottoman Empire.
Heracles Sarcophagus, Konya, Turkey. AD 210-250. Marble. This is an asiatic style sarcophagus, where the sides of the piece are divided by columns all the way around. Usually there is one figure or scene placed between each column, as shown here. The figures are deeply carved, moving towards a new style of sculpture that emphasizes the contrast of shadows and light.