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Many popular tourist sites are woefully lacking in providing adequate access for disabled visitors. This is particularly true of ancient historic sites, where uneven ground on the site of ruins which are thousands of years old creates significant challenges, even for those organisations who really want to welcome visitors with disabilities.

So it’s encouraging to read a story in Hurriyet Daily News about the ancient city of Troy in western Turkey, where an open area is being developed to allow full accessibility to all visitors. A wooden platform will allow wheelchair access around the site, while adaptations are being made to improve the visitor experience for those with visual and hearing impairments. According to the head of excavations at Troy, “There is no ancient city in the world designed for the disabled. So Troy ancient city will be the first.”

Image by Atriplex82 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons