There is a ‘Gate to Hell’ in Turkey

Does a gate to hell only exist in ancient legends? Maybe not. Italian archaeologists have discovered at the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis in southwestern Turkey what they believed to be the remains of an ancient cave that was the entrance to the underworld in Greek and Roman legends.

Though the fatal cave was reportedly unfunctional since the 6th century AD, scientists said its lethal properties remain unaltered. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes.

And that is not the only one so-called “gate to hell” known in the world.

Read more my latest story ‘Gate to Hell’ unearthed among Turkey’s ancient ruins’ on The Christian Science Monitor.

Gate to Hell

Writing this story, I found myself lucky enough to read a story on the so-called “door to hell” in Turkmenistan last Saturday. It was penned by my colleague at The Christian Science Monitor, who I recently found was also a Fulbright fellow. Thanks to reading her story, I am able to differentiate mine with other stories on the same topic.

Today’s story helped me hit the target my editor set for me at the first meeting before I started my internship at The Christian Science Monitor. That is to say I reached the target when I am just in the middle of the internship. To be fair, I can’t fulfill my editor’s target that early without his wholehearted instructions.

Now I set my own target for the rest of my Spring internship: write the same number stories as my editor asked me more than one month ago.

(The 14th day at The Christian Science Monitor)


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