Places Of Interest

Taş Köprü (Stone Bridge): The Stone Bridge was built by the architect Auxentious at the time of Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D. The inscription of the bridge can now be seen in Adana Monu^ ment Museum. The bridge lies in an east-west-direction. Its span is 300 m. and consists of 21 arched openings. Today only three of the arches are closed. The bridge has been restored several times, in the 9th century by Harun ai-Rashld son Caliph Memun, in 1713 by the Sultan Ahmet III. by Kei Hasan Paşa in the time of the Sultan Ab-dülmecit, by Governor Ziya Paşa, in the time of Abdülhamlt II [stone parapets were added) in 1926, by Governor Bahri Paşa ft was covered with cobble stones} and the last restoration was completed In 1950. There were two strong doors one at each end of the bridge ^ In the Kale Kapisi district, which was one of the eight doors of the city, Everyone crossing over the bridge was required to pay «talent» which was called «transit-duty» until the beginning of the 20th century. In earlier times, according to Dr. Katchshmal, ships could gain entrance to the bridge from the sea because of the depth of the water. Today, this is impossible due to the river no longer being deep.

Ulu Cami: Was begun in 1507 under Halil Bey of the Ramazan family. It was finished in 1547 by Piri Pasha, another member of the family. The outside of the building is distinguished by black and white marble facing, and inside the mihrab is bordered with the same marble and decorated with tiles from Iznlk. Near the mosque ore schools of the Koran from the same period, and the tomb of the famous Turkish poet, Ziya Posha.

Harem Dairesi: İs a very interesting example of old Turkish architecture. It is a dwelling built by Halil Bey in 1494, Selamlik Dairesi; is a building which was used by the master of the house to receive and entertain male visitors. It was also a part of the residence of Halil Bey and was at one time used as an inn.

Archaeological Museum: The museum is housed in a basilica-type old church. Objects and artificats from prehistoric periods as well as statues and bas reliefs from the Hittltes, tombs and monu. ments of the classical Greek and Roman times, objects from the Byzantine, and Islamic periods ore on display.

Particularly fine are the following: A Roman sarcophagus of the 1st century. The bas-relief on the length of the tomb tells a story of Achilles and Hector. At the ends are a Sphinx and a Griffin, Found in the Mersin area, the lady’s marble sarcophagus is from the 3rd. century. Framed In marble are mourning ladies. A marble tomb depicting the god and goddess of the moon seems to be of the Hellenistic period, Called the tomb of the daughter of the king, a sarcophagus of white marble with the top decorated with the figure of a long-haired reclining woman, A bas-relief in basalt of the Hittite God of Storms who has four pairs of horns. An 8th century B.C. bas-relief of Hittite origin depicting a god and goddess seated on a throne. The god is holding a bunch of grapes and the goddess a mirror. A marble head of the classical period in a remarkably fine state of preservation and of breath-taking beauty.

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