Sacred Heart Minor Seminary students explore Turkey’s history

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Sacred Heart Minor Seminary students and teachers visit TurkeyFour students and three teachers from the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, in Victoria, Gozo, recently went on a week long educational visit to Nevhesir, in Turkey, as part of an Erasmus + project – Young Historians of Europe.

Teachers Andrea Camilleri, David Camilleri and Diana Gómez Cantoral made the trip, which was funded through the Erasmus+ programme in collaboration with EUPA, the Maltese National Agency coordinating Erasmus+ projects in Malta.

It focused on two elements – the historical and anthropological heritage of Cappadocia. The participants were able to explore the underground city of Kaymakli, which had been inhabited by Christians fleeing invaders.

The Seminary said that this trip provided the group with a thorough immersion of the region’s highlights including: Ihlara Gorge, renowned for its ancient churches, and Göreme which is characterised by eroded landforms of ancient volcanic ash, which today forms hundreds of conical pillars, some still prized for the constant ambient temperatures, hewed shelters, some of which date back to the 3rd century A.D.

The group had also the opportunity to visit unique places, such as Göreme´s open air museum and Pasabaglari, where they explored the geological structures known as `fairy chimneys.’

During the final days of the visit the Gozitan contingent joined the host parents and the rest of the international participants in an activity celebrating home-made cuisine at the local school.

The hosts baked flat bread at the school, complementing the array of local home-made savoury dishes and desserts.

The Seminary said that the occasion proved to be a valuable one for the students, with the opportunity to socialise with peers from different countries, learn about other cultures and gain an immeasurable amount of knowledge about Turkish history, traditions and customs.

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