Yeah It's a valid point you make KneeDrachen, it surprises us as well. For a country with a population of a little over 80,000,000 you often find these sites nearly devoid of tourists. I remember first visiting the Galipoli battlefields back in 98 and essentially the only tourists there were foreigners, particularly Aussies and Kiwis. When we last visited 2 years ago there was a notable increase in interest by the locals. In fact they easily out numbered the foreign visiters, so there is certainly a developing interest by the locals there. But these ancient sites of huge historical significance seemed to be largely over looked by the locals. They do come, but in small numbers. It should be remebered though, we are currently in Ramadan, when most locals are more interested in surviving from breakfast ( prior to the sun coming up to dinner time, after the sun sets ). Believe me, by the time we eat I'm ready to eat a horse. Hows this for last nights meal. As we got up to pay, we waited patiently in line at the till, but the man immediately in front of us a complete stranger payed for our meal. We are easily recognised as foreigners, without a word being said and this gent in a simple act of kindness payed for our meal. This sort of thing happens a lot in the Islamic world we have found. It is also as far as I can see one of the 5 pillars of Islam. They being from memory, in no paricular order. 1: Observe Ramadan 2: Pray more often during the month od Ramadan 3: Be charitable 4: Participate in the Haj at least once in your lifetime. (pilgrimage to Mecca) ...............and 5: I forget, you'll have to google that one. It might all sound like I'm a fan of Islam, no I'm a fan of no religion, none whats so ever. I just like to be knowledgable and learn as much as I can. Both generally and particularly about the country we are visiting at any given time.