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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...
Çandır (Paperon) Castle / Çandır Kalesi

Çandır (Paperon) Castle / Çandır Kalesi

Çandır Kalesi was once a majestic behemoth of a castle sitting atop a cliff, nestled among the Toros Mountains overlooking the Cilcian Plain below. During its heyday in the early middle ages, the grandeur of the smooth stoned castle sitting 250 meters above the...

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...
Gözne Castle / Gözne Kalesi

Gözne Castle / Gözne Kalesi

Hidden in the Bolkar Mountain range in the larger Taurus Mountains above Mersin, Gözne is a picturesque Turkish mountain town used by locals for both year round homes and summer homes. But above them all is Gözne Castle, looking down on the town and the larger city of...
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...
Güdübeş Castle / Güdübeş Kalesi

Güdübeş Castle / Güdübeş Kalesi

Güdübeş (or Gudubes) Kalesi is a castle dating back to the middle ages. The crusaders built it, but not much else is known about its original purpose. It was later used as a prisoner holding area in the war between France and Turkey after World War I, being ideal for...