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Başnalar Castle / Başnalar Kalesi

Başnalar Castle / Başnalar Kalesi

If you’re looking for a good hike and a view from far above the city of Mersin and the sea, then Başnalar Castle is a trek for you! Dating back to the Middle Ages (approximately 10-12th century, this castle sits atop a 800m tall mountain with valleys on three...
Dikilitaş

Dikilitaş

The word “dikilitaş” in Turkish means “stone that is perpendicular,” or better, an obelisk. While most Turks (and travellers to Turkey for that matter) know of the famous obelisks in Istanbul outside of the Blue Mosque (also known as...
Yumuktepe Tumulus / Yumuktepe Höyüğü

Yumuktepe Tumulus / Yumuktepe Höyüğü

Yumuktepe is a tumulus in Mersin that dates back to 6000 B.C. There are 23 levels to the mound, though there are no existing structures visible above ground. The top of the mound, and a few places along the sides of the tell, have been excavated. Originally, Yumuktepe...
Tırmıl Ruins and Mound / Tırmıl Höyüğü

Tırmıl Ruins and Mound / Tırmıl Höyüğü

The Tırmıl Ruins can be found in the Tırmıl factory complex in the Akdeniz İlçe on the eastern side of Mersin. Surrounded by factories and warehouses, seeing the remains of this ancient structure peaking through the mound can be a bit surprising! These ruins are dated...
Soli Colonnade / Sütünlü Cadde

Soli Colonnade / Sütünlü Cadde

Sütunlu Cadde (translated as columned street) can be found in the Soli area of Mersin. Originally a 350 meter (.22 mile) street leading from the ancient city of Soloi (Greek: Ʃoloi) down to it’s port, the column lined street would have been quite a welcome for...