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Antakya - Turkey Antakya
Visitors to Antakya can see the Mosaic Museum (Turkish: Mozaik Müzesi) or the Antakya Archeological Museum. The Mosaic Museum has the second largest collection of classical/Roman mosaics in the world. The museum also features an interesting antique coin collection, artifacts from the Iron and Bronze ages unearthed from archeological sites nearby and a very impressive sarcophagus.

One of the oldest Christian churches, the Church of St. Peter, can be seen in Antakya. It is situated about a 30 minute walk from the museum and is visible up on the hillside.

Büyük Antakya Parkı is a park that is situated in the middle of the city, along the Asi River and behind the mosaic museum. There are numerous open air tea houses inside the park and is where locals go for a tea or coffee when the weather is good. The Titus Tunnel in Cevlik, Samandağı, Antakya is a Roman engineering marvel built during the reign of Emperor Vespasian (69-79 AD). The Roman governors of Seleucia Pieria (Samandag), the port city for Antioch ad Orontes or modern Antakya, decided to divert a river.

They put Roman legionnaires, sailors and prisoners to work cutting a channel along and through the rock for about 1.4 kilometers. Continued under Emperor Titus (79-81), inscriptions state it was completed during the reigns of the Antonine emperors decades later. Today the channel no longer carries water, but is certainly well worth a visit. A small parking area and entrance is just inland from the beach at Samandag.

Antakya is also famous for silk production which is woven using the traditional method and in the ancient bazaar (Turkish: Pazar) area you can find the regional spices, handmade leather shoes and handmade wooden objects. The city is known for its local cuisine, which has many Middle Eastern influences. One very memorable dish in Antakya is a dessert called Künefe, which is a shredded pastry with cheese. There are many Künefe houses scattered throughout the city, but they are mainly concentrated in the main square of the city, Köprübaşı - Hatay Künefe and Kral Künefe, both located in Köprübaşı, are two of the most famous Künefe houses in Antakya.

Domestic flights via Turkish Airlines are available to Hatay Airport, situated about 25 kilometers from the city center. But, the nearest international airport is located in Adana, situated a couple of hundred kilometers north. There is a bus which runs from the airport hourly to the city center which takes around 20-30 minutes. To return to the airport, the same Havas bus leaves from the front of the Buyuk Antakya Hotel on the river near the Mosaic Museum. Check the Havas bus website for actual departure times and be aware that you will have to flag the Havas bus down from the front of the hotel so the driver sees you and stops.

Visitors can also use taxis (Turkish: Dolmuş) in order to get to the city center. Most taxis wait right in front of the airport and as soon as several customers are gathered, the taxi driver then heads towards the city. The taxis charge approximately 10 lira per person. Generally, if you share the taxi with other passengers, taking a cab is preferable to Havaş as the taxi driver will drop you off in whatever part of the city you desire - while Havaş only stops at specific points.

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