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Adana - Turkey Adana
Adana is situated in south-central Turkey on the bank of the Seyhan River on the Çukurova Plain. It is an agricultural and industrial center and one of Turkey's largest cities not known as being a tourism destination. Of course, that is changing as travelers discover its rich cultural and historical heritage. The city of Adana probably overlies a Hittite settlement that dates from 1400 BC. conquered by Alexander the Great around 335 BC. Adana's prosperity has long been derived from the fertile valleys behind it and its position as a waystation on the trade routes connecting Anatolia and the Arabian Peninsula - The Silk Route. The Seyhan River is spanned by the ancient Taskopru or Stone Bridge which was built by Hadrian and later restored by Justinian. On the west bank of Seyhan River at the corner of the Seyhan Bridge lies Sabancı Central Mosque - the most visited mosque in Adana and one of the largest mosques in the Middle East.

The minarets of Sabancı Central Mosque can be seen from practically anywhere in the city. In the city, the 16th century Great Mosque (Ulu Camii), the Yag or Eski Mosque, the Hasan Aga Mosque, Saat Kulesi (the clock-tower) built in 1882, an old covered bazaar, Bedesten or Arasta are of interest. You can also see the Ethnographical Museum where Turkish carpets, swords, manuscript books and tombstones are exhibited. The building itself isfascinating as well since it was built as a church via the Crusaders. The Adana Archaeological Museum merits visiting too. Adana is also famous for its delicious Adana Kebap and other meat dishes. The tea houses and restaurants alongside the Seyhan Dam and Lake provide a cool and perfect view of the city and the river at sunsets. Yumurtalik is 84 kilometers from Adana and Karatas is 50 kilometers from Adana and are the nearest beaches with proper accommodation. In Yumurtalik there is an ancient harbor castle contributing much to this attractive fishing city. For fishing, there is Camlik Park 30 kilometers southwest of Adana.

There are some ancient cities on the road to Iskenderun which include Roman remnants. Misis is on the caravan route that came from China, India and Persia. Among the remains of Roman times, the most interesting is the elegant mosaic of the 4th century A.D. representing Noah's Ark. Yilanlikale has the ruins of a fortress set atop a peak dominating the River Ceyhan. Dilekkaya, the ancient Anavarza, was an essential Roman Byzantine city which still preserves the outline of the old city including two particularly worthwhile mosaics. Karatepe National Park is the neo-Hittite site where you will find the remains of the summer residence of King Asitawada, tablets of Hittite and Phoenician inscriptions, and an open air museum holding many remnants. Castabala and Toprakkale are the other historical remains. Karsan Forest, Burucek, Tekir, Horzum, Zorkum meadows are ideal for picnicking and resting.

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