2,500-year-old bas-reliefs found during demolition work in Sinop

(ORDO NEWS) — During demolition work in front of the historic city walls as part of the “City Square – National Garden” project in the province of Sinop on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, 2,500-year-old relief bull heads were found.

Demolition of buildings in front of the historic city walls continues as part of the “City Square – National Garden” project implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change in Sinop, according to Göhan Güçluoğlu of the Anadolu Agency.

As part of the demolition that began on December 16, 2021, the demolition of five buildings, including the Sinop Municipality Service Building, has been completed so far.

During the demolition of the buildings as part of the project, which aims to bring the historical walls of the castle into a tourist form, a 2,500-year-old Alto Relievo bull’s head, embroidered on the castle wall, was also found.

2500 year old bas reliefs found during demolition work in Sinop 2

It is assumed that the relief carved on the castle wall, consisting of four bull heads, was conceived as a symbol of power in ancient times.

What is relief?

Relief, also called relievo in sculpture, any work in which the figures protrude from a supporting background, usually a flat surface. Reliefs are classified according to the height of the protrusion or separation of the figures from the background.

In high relief, or alto-relief, the forms protrude from the background by at least half or more of their natural circumference, and in places may be completely lifted from the ground, which brings them closer to a round sculpture.


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