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'No more Antakya': Turks say the city, and a civilization, was wiped out

By Vivian Yee and Nimet Kirac

10 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The Turkish city of Antakya was founded in 300 B.C. by a general who had served Alexander the Great. Now, it lays in ruins, with the oldest part of the city almost entirely destroyed. The NYT reports.

ANTAKYA, Turkey — They bedded down anywhere they could: on lightless street corners, in grassy little parks, next to an elementary school, on a hillside down from one of the world’s earliest Christian churches.

Across Antakya, the ancient capital of Hatay province, the region hit hardest by the worst earthquake in Turkey in nearly a century, thousands were struggling to make sense of a cataclysm that had turned their lives inside out and left many with no home, no possessions, no memories and, for some, no future here.

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