WATCH: Fly in the Trojan Horse with Turkish Airlines

Cape Town - 2018 has been dubbed the Year of Troy - or Troia in Turkish - here's how Turkish Airlines is celebrating and all you need to know about this UNESCO World Heritage site.

What is Troia?

Troy has been a UNESCO World Heritage site for the past 20 years, one of the most famous ancient cities in the world and is located just 250 kilometres west of Istanbul. The city was destroyed and rebuilt nine times over its 3 000 year history and remains a magnificent archaeological site.

You may have heard of the city in the ancient folklore tales - or the Brad Pitt movie - where iconic battles were fought, but none is as famous as the Trojan Horse. 

READ: Turkish Airlines takes its fleet to greater heights 

How will Turkish Airlines be celebrating?

Turkish Airlines is honouring the city by wrapping one of its Airbus A321 aircrafts in celebratory garb. The wrapping features a visual of the Trojan Horse itself, though no plans are made to use it to invade other cities.

Mehmet Ilker Ayci, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board, said at the launch ceremony for the Trojan plane that the airline places "great importance on promoting our country, our rich history and our values."

Watch the video below to see how the crew wrap the plane:

SEE: Living Heritage: Inside SA's 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

Check out some pics of the airline's launch below:

turkish airlines troia plane

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turkish airlines troia plane

(Photo: Supplied)

turkish airlines troia plane

(Photo: Supplied)

turkish airlines troia plane

(Photo: Supplied)

South African UNESCO World Heritage sites you might visit:

Read more about these cool local UNESCO World Heritage sites here and go on a virtual Google Street View tour of them here.

CHECK OUT: Google Street View is letting us see heritage sites in a new way

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