Turkey is relocating an ancient bathhouse to save it from vanishing under floodwaters when its home in Hasankeyf on the Tigris River is partially submerged by Turkey’s controversial new dam.
Rather than dismantling the stone edifice and rebuilding it at the new site, the 1,500 metric-tonne Artuqid bathhouse is being moved by a self-propelled modular transporter. It will be taken to Hasankeyf Cultural Park in Batman. Six other structures will be moved in the same way.
The Artuqid dynasty reigned from the 12th to the 15th century CE.
Turkey has come under fire for not doing enough to preserve historical sites as it makes way for its massive new Ilisu Dam.