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Seyit Onbaşı

Seyit Onbaşı

There is a nice little park off the 3rd bypass in Mersin that I’ve passed for a couple of years now.  In the park, there is a statue of a man with a huge cannon shell on his back. I was always curious as to who this man was, but recently I noticed the same man...

Cemilli Castle / Cemilli Kalesi

Cemilli Kalesi (Castle) is a medieval castle located in the yaylı (foothills) above Mizitli. The original name of the castle is not known, but is called by locals by the village name in which it is located (Cemilli) or by Kaleburnu. What to See: The remaining...
St. Paul’s Church / Aziz Pavlus Kilisesi

St. Paul’s Church / Aziz Pavlus Kilisesi

St. Paul’s Church (in Turkish, Aziz Pavlus Kilisesi) is an Orthodox church in Tarsus, the Apostle Paul’s hometown. It is also known as St. Paul’s Museum (Aziz Pavlus Müzesi), as there is not an active congregation of people who meet in it regularly....
Cleopatra’s Gate / Kleopatra Kapısı

Cleopatra’s Gate / Kleopatra Kapısı

The Kleopatra Kapısı (Gate of Cleopatra) is the only remaining entrance of the wall that once protected the city of Tarsus. It’s name comes from the fact that Cleopatra, when coming to Tarsus to meet Mark Antony (and thus spark their infamous relationship),...
Elaiussa Sebaste

Elaiussa Sebaste

One of the more visited stops by locals on their way to and from the beaches of Kızkalesi (ancient Korykos) is Elaiussa Sebaste (from the Greek, Ελαιούσα Σεβαστή – Ελαιούσα means olive, and Σεβαστή means Augusta). The original city of Elaiussa sat on a small...
Mersin’s City Forest / Mersin Şehir Ormanı

Mersin’s City Forest / Mersin Şehir Ormanı

If you’re in Mersin and looking for a quick getaway to some cooler temperatures, some great views of the city, and some trail hiking, head up to the City Forest (Şehir Ormanı) north of the city. The forest is situated on a “yayla,” or plateau, above...