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Tarsus Turkey

 Tarsus - Turkey Tarsus is a historical city in southern Turkey only 20 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of the Adana-Mersin Metropolitan Area, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Turkey with a population of over 2.75 million inhabitants. Tarsus District forms an administrative district in Mersin Province and lies in the core of the Çukurova region. With a history going back over 2,000 years, Tarsus has long been an important stop for traders, a focal point of many civilizations including the Roman Empire, when Tarsus was capital of the province of Cilicia, the scene of the first meeting between Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and the birthplace of Paul the Apostle. Tarsus has been continuously inhabited since before 1000 BCE. Even in the modern city, there are Roman period remains. Current excavations are uncovering ancient roads and houses. Outside the city, large sections of the Roman roads can still be found leading from Tarsus into the mountains, and a six-lane highway runs through the pass called Cilician Gates. The city museum has collections of coins and artifacts. Archeological and ethnographic museums in nearby Adana have more extensive holdings.

Gözlükule is an archeological site within the borders of the city of Tarsus. It is now a park with an altitude of 22 meters or 72 feet in respect to the surrounding area. The prehistoric mound of Gözlükule is located in the northeastern Mediterranean coastal plain of Çukurova, known as ancient Cilicia, at the southern end of the main pass through the Taurus Mountain range. Today the site is part of the modern town of Tarsus in the province of Mersin. Before the official excavations began, the tumulus had been partially damaged. During French occupation of Tarsus following World War One, a French battalion had been deployed on Gözlükule. It is believed that this operation resulted in some depredation. The site was investigated in the 1930-40’s by an American archeological team led by Hetty Goldman under the sponsorship of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. After being interrupted by the Second World War, some additional work went on from 1947 to 1949. The stratification recovered at the site is important in Bronze Age Anatolian chronology. Initially settled in the Neolithic Period, Gözlükule became an important settlement and a port during the 2nd millennium BC.

Adana Şakirpaşa Airport in Turkey

Turkish: Adana Şakirpaşa Havalimanı is the main airport located in the city of Adana which is in the Adana Province of Turkey. Adana Airport was originally opened to serve as one of the dual purpose civil-military airports of Turkey in 1937 and it first started to be used as a civil-only airport in 1956. It is located approximately 3.5 kilometers from Adana's city center. Adana Şakirpaşa Airport is situated in an area of 2,105,510 square meter and has an annual capacity of 3,000,000 passengers. The airport is serviced by Turkish Airlines (THY), Pegasus, Onur Air, AtlasJet, FlyAir, SunExpress, and AnadoluJet Airlines. In 2010 it handled 2,841,220 passengers with 2,417,680 being domestic passengers and 423,540 being international passengers. Transportation to and from the airport is by Bus, Shuttle or Taxi and there is also a VIP transfer services available. Passengers arriving at Adana Airport are offered a few different options for traveling into the heart of city. All flights to Adana Şakirpaşa Airport operate through two main terminals designated as Domestic and International. Upon arrival, passengers will find a full range of facilities and services available to satisfy their travel needs. A variety of restaurants, cafeterias and bars offer a place to relax while enjoying tasty meals and refreshing beverages.


Region: Mediterranean
Province: Mersin Province
Beach: No
Marina: No
Hotels: Yes
Video: No
Airport: Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
English language website: tarsus-information.com
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