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January 04, 2013 04:00 ET

Turkish Brooch Finally Returns Home

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2013) - A golden brooch featuring a winged seahorse is finally to be returned to Turkey, from where it was looted in 1965, along with other priceless items from the Lydean Hoard. The 2,500 year old piece is part of a treasure trove of goods belonging to King Croesus and, following its illegal removal and colourful history, the trinket is at last to be restored to Turkey and placed safely in a new national museum.

The marine-themed brooch may have been just one of many possessions of King Croesus, but to the Turkish government its value has been far higher. After it was taken from the country during the 1960s it was sold on and eventually ended up in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Turkish government embarked on a legal battle estimated to have cost £25 million, before finally receiving the brooch in 1993. It sat in Usak Museum for over 10 years when, in 2006, it was discovered that the priceless adornment was in fact a fake. Following his arrest along with 10 other men, the museum's director admitted to having sold the treasure in order to pay off a gambling debt.

Although precise details of its latest 'rediscovery' remain unclear, it is known that the brooch was recovered in Germany at the end of November, and is soon to be welcomed back to its rightful homeland. The current location of the hoard, the Usak Museum, does not have the capacity to showcase all the items in its collection. As such, it is hoped that by early next year the entire Lydean cache, as well as an extensive range of other historic items, will be available for the public to visit in a yet-to-be built museum.

Anyone thinking of travelling to Turkey in 2013 should be sure to see the brooch when it goes on show. This small and delicate piece, with its fascinating and colourful history should help draw even more visitors to a country which already boasts nearly 30 million tourist arrivals every year.

For those looking to combine a passion for history with a relaxing beach break, a holiday in Turkey has plenty to offer. And if you have already visited Turkey and would like to try somewhere new, why not go to Egypt, where ancient history can also be found in abundance, alongside all the modern luxuries you would expect from a top destination.

Visit Monarch for affordable deals on Turkey holidays as well as Egyptian getaways. Monarch's holidays to Turkey in 2013 start from just £201 per person and are available to book online.

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