According to the written statement made by Ortahisar Municipality, Ortahisar Mayor Genç said that excavations started a while ago within the scope of the project carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Trabzon Governorship, Trabzon Metropolitan Municipality, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Ortahisar Municipality. He visited İçkale.
Genc, who made investigations at the excavation site, stated that with the completion of the works, Trabzon will gain a new tourism potential across the Sumela Monastery.
Underlining that many tourists want to visit the historical İçkale, Genç said:
“Actually, a very important region witnessing history, a region deprived of our eyes will be brought to light again in the name of the history of Trabzon, the history of our country and the world historical heritage. The deprivation of such an area of this city, which has a very ancient history of 2 thousand years before Christ. It was indeed a very sad situation. We promised that we would reveal it in our Trabzon during our 2014 election campaign.”
Genç underlined that the İçkale excavation will be a very important gain not only for Turkey’s but also for the world’s historical heritage.
Stating that the excavations in this region, where Roman, Komnenos, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations are located, will be a very important gain for the city, Genç said, “I believe that very important remains and finds will be found here. There is a hidden history here. This history will be revealed. It is a very important one. Our country will have a very important gain as a historical heritage. I think we will also make a very important contribution to the world historical heritage. Once again, we will express our great pleasure to be a stakeholder in this project, and we will put forth our best effort for this study. ” used his statements.