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With the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate based in Konya taking over the Beylik of Danishmend in the late 12th century, Malatya became part of their realm.
Under Danishmend and Seljuk rule, Malatya became a centre of knowledge as many Persian and Arabic scholars took residence in the city.
The city continued old Hittite traditions and styles.
Researchers have discovered a palace inside the city walls with statues and reliefs that are examples of the artistic works of that age.
Battalgazi's official name was Eskimalatya (Old Malatya); until recently, it was a name used locally.
Aslantepe has been inhabited since the development of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent, nearly 6,000 years ago.
After 1100, he invested heavily on the commanders of the First Crusade, especially Bohemond I of Antioch and Baldwin of Boulogne.
Melitene's city walls were constructed in the 6th century by the emperors Anastasius and Justinian.
In the period that followed the Turkish advance into the Byzantine Empire after the defeat at the Battle of Manzikert, Gabriel of Melitene, a Greek Orthodox Armenian who had risen from the ranks of the Byzantine army, governed the city.
From 1086 to 1100 he preserved his independence with the aid of the Beylik of the Danishmends.
It was the end point of the important highway running east from Caesarea.
The camp attracted a civilian population and was probably granted city status by Trajan in the early 2nd century AD, It is known for being a prolific source of imperial coins minted from the 3rd to the early 5th centuries.
The Hittites conquered the city in the fourteenth century B. In Hittite, melid or milit means "honey", offering a possible etymology for the name, which was mentioned in the contemporary sources of the time under several variations (e.g., Hittite: Malidiya Urar̩tian: Melitea).