A couple in Çanakkale, Turkey, made history recently by getting married in the northwestern province’s 2,000-year-old Smintheus Shrine of Apollo, Doğan news agency reported July 16th.
Altan Uysal, 33, tied the knot with 30-year-old Müjde Demir in the shrine after receiving permission to do so from Gülpınar Mayor Recep Şahin, who performed the marriage ceremony, and Professor Coşkun Özgünel, who is leading an excavation at the site.
“We chose this place to have a special wedding ceremony; it is a particular feeling. We had an unforgettable day,” said the groom. “This is the first time I’ve ever come here; it was a complete surprise. But it is great to have a wedding ceremony at such a nice venue,” said Demir.
A marriage table was placed among the 2,000-year-old columns and chairs for the participants while Uysal and Demir’s friends Hakan Keskin and Hande Palta acted as witnesses.