Who could have guessed that the Alanya area abounds in ruins of ancient cities? Most of the people who come here are vacationers who rarely step out of the hotel and have no idea how many ancient treasures are hidden nearby. Sometimes, to see them, you have to take a major effort - rent a car, drive deep into the Taurus mountains, overgrown with lush vegetation to find the remains of ancient buildings. However, the case of the ancient city of Naula is different - one just needs to get out of a hotel or a rented apartment in the popular beach resort called Mahmutlar and an unusual sight stretches before your eyes. In the center of Mahmutlar, surrounded by high-rise buildings, there is an undeveloped quarter, and on its premises stand the remains of the old city walls and Byzantine churches.
The ruins of the ancient city called Kanytelis are located off the beaten track, far away from popular tourist resorts. Kanytelis, beautifully situated around a karst sinkhole, is not available for users of public transport and therefore rarely visited by tourists. It's a ghost town that comes to life once a year during the International Music Festival in Mersin as some events and concerts are usually organized in Kanytelis.
Most of the visitors come to Edirne with just one thought in mind - to see the famous Selimiye Mosque, built by Mimar Sinan and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, there is another splendid example of Ottoman architecture in the city, namely: Üç Şerefeli Mosque. The name of this building literally means 'the Mosque with Three Balconies'. It reflects one of the most characteristic features of the mosque - one of its four minarets is adorned with three small balconies.
Uluburun shipwreck (tr. Uluburun Batığı) is the most famous part of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Turkey. This shipwreck, dated to the late 14th century BC (Late Bronze Age), was found close to the Uluburun Cape in southern Turkey by Mehmed Çakir - a sponge diver from Yalikavak, in 1982.
Although the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is abundant in ruins of ancient cities, most of them are not very impressive remains of former settlements and places of worship, in the form of modest portions of city walls, partially collapsed Byzantine churches and buildings overgrown by weeds. Of course, there are some glorious exceptions or spectacular remains of ancient civilizations, which certainly include Olba, Diocaesarea and Elaiussa-Sebaste.
Not many contemporary travellers to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey are aware that one of the first scientific expeditions to this region had been organised and led by a Polish traveller and researcher, Karol Lanckoroński. He was also a writer, art collector and historian, born in Vienna in 1848 to the extremely wealthy and powerful magnate family. During his life, Karol Lanckoroński not only became a member of the Polish Academy of Learning and the vice-president of the Society for Cultural Protection but also travelled extensively.
A trip to the tiny village of Fasıllar may prove to be an interesting experience for those who are interested in ancient history. There is a stone monument in the village, the carving of it began in the 13th century BC, but it has never been completed. The unfinished monument is currently on a hillside that offers panoramic views over the village and another historical curiosity - a rock relief made at a later period.
After the creation of the new airport, located east of Alanya, many people have heard the name Gazipaşa for the first time. Currently, it is a small town, which has so far been spared by the tourist boom. However, this part of the Mediterranean coast was inhabited from time immemorial, and the ancient city of Selinus has been commemorated in history as the place of death of the Roman Emperor Trajan.
The building, currently identified by many researchers as a Byzantine hospital, was built during the 6th century AD. There are two main arguments suggesting the function of this building. Firstly, it is confirmed by the written source that emperor Justinian initiated the construction of a hospital in Pamphylia, and a healer named Kosma was supposed to be working in this hospital. However, the exact location of this building has not been specified and thus it is plausible to assume that it was built in Side.
Recently we have written about 5 hidden archaeological treasures of Turkish Riviera. This time we would like to show you the greatest and most famous archaeological sites of this region which stretches along the Mediterranean coast from Antalya to Alanya. These places are absolutely obligatory for an ancient history lover who visits southern Turkey!