Mersin is a province and also a seaport city in Turkey best known for its economical, geographical and cultural region located on the southern side of the Mediterranean coast. The city fully consists of jaw-dropping historical sites which makes it one of the best tourist destination in Turkey. Mersin name was basically given to this province after the scented plant named as Myrsine. There are many famous sites in Mersin including heritage culture of Tarsus which is six thousand years old, 25 km from Mersin. It is also renowned because of Saint Paulus, the first follower of the Christ, who was born in Tarsus. This place is an unbelievable enriching melting pot.
1) Mersin Atatürk House Museum
The building is located in the central point of the city. It was constructed as a residence for German counselor Herr Christman, for his wedding in 1897 with a lady of the Mavromatis ancestors from Mersin. The house is built in a 1270 square meters area. After 1976, the building was kept empty and with a verdict taken by the municipality committee, it was later renamed as the “Atatürk House and Museum” on 12th of October 1992. Many documents and photographs are displayed on the ground floor of the Mersin Ataturk House and Museum. About 22 pieces of his individual belongings taken in from Anitkabir Museum of Ankara are also displayed on this floor. On the upper floor, the ethnographic articles are exhibited, there are two bedrooms; one is the study room and the other for sitting that opens to a big living room.
Manure Castle is a historical landmark and something really worth seeing in Mersin. Mamure Castle is situated 6 km southeast of Anamur, usually known as Mamure Kalesi. The castle has dodge walls constructed in such a way to irritate attackers from sea and ground as it is also bordered by defense trenches on its three sides. The castle is bounded by the land side and the road on the fortification attaches the 39 towers and a lot of parapets to each other. There are three major yards inside the castle, south, west and the east, which are alienated from one another by high walls. On the south side, there is an internal bastion constructed over the rocks. While on the west, there is an outer castle, a small intricate of a single minaret mosque, the remains of hamam, a fountain, storehouse, and cisterns. On the east side, there is an inner patio which has 7 mainstays in diverse shapes on the high wall comprising its northwest boundary.
3) Caves of Heaven and Hell
Caves of heaven and hell are located 1.4 km on the northwest of Narlikuyu in Turkey. This site is an attraction for a lot of tourists with natural phenomena and also as a historical spot of curiosity. There is a large hole on the ground known as the “Corycian Caves” in which there are ancient eras of Greek myths, according to which it was the home of the Monster Typhoon, a 100m ahead from the heaven. The walls are too vertical which is pretty hard to access, so you can’t go down into it (in other meanings, you can’t go to hell). During the past, they used to throw criminals and sinners in the cave as a punishment. At the entry of the cave, there is a church which is named after a virtuous man Paulus, which is considered to be the way to heaven.
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