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For many people, the slogan "a holiday in Turkey" means only one thing - beach holidays in Alanya. It is true that Turkey is a vast and diverse country, the shores of its four seas are dotted with many holiday resorts, but this association is the most appropriate. Each year millions of tourists arrive at Alanya and the quality of sand on the famous Cleopatra beach, as well as selection of the best hotel in the area and the season's trendiest nightclub, are the subjects of many heated discussions and controversies.
Military Museum (tr. Çanakkale Deniz Müzesi) is also known as the Museum of the Navy Command of the Dardanelles Strait (tr. Çanakkale Boğaz Komutanliği Deniz Müzesi), but we will keep to the shorter version. The museum was founded on the 67th anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottoman fleet on the 18th of March, 1915.
A historic bridge, which dates back to the Roman period of Asia Minor history, stands in the centre of Silifke, over the Göksu River. Despite the passage of centuries, it still helps people to cross the river, in ancient times known as Calycadnus. Moreover, until recently the bridge was an important part of the D400 route, linking Mersin and Antalya. Nowadays, the locals call it Taşköprü i.e. the Stone Bridge.
The House of the Virgin Mary (or Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief).