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MERSIN, which was named as Cilicia in the classical period, was dominated successively by Hittites, Phrygians, Assyri ans, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, and Byzantines, Seljuks in the 11th century, the Principality of Karamanoğlu in the 16th century.

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Kızkalesi-Maiden Castle

The castle on a small island 200 meters away from Korykos coast castle is named as "Kızkalesi". Kızkalesi, the large part of which is standing, has its north and south edges protected with eight towers. The exterior perimeter of the tower is 192 m.

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It is the 60th km of MERSIN-Erdemli-Silifke highway, in Kızkalesi town. It was subject to settlements in Islamic periods, intensively in Roman and Byzantine periods. From the works of art, excavated from Nekropol area, it is evident that the first settlement in this area belongs to the 4th century B.C. Herodot writes that this city was founded by a Cypriot prince named Gorges. Korykos passed through many hands since Cilicia is a port city. When Seleukhos Nikador founded Silifke city at the end of the 4th century B.C., he dominated Korykos. The city was dominated by the Romans in 72 A.D., and was subject to Roman rule for 450 years, developed highly in this period in the field of agriculture, and became the exportation center of olive oil.

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Cleopatra's Gate

Cleopatra's Gate is the entryway of Tarsus. The city walls, constructed in the period of Byzantines, had a Mountain Gate, Adana Gate and Sea Gate. Evliya Çelebi named this gate as the gate of Seaport in the section of his Travel Book, assigned for Tarsus. In construction of the gate, Horasan plaster was used. The edge of the gate is in the shape of the horseshoe, and its height from the ground is 6.17 m, and its depth is 6.18 m. Walls of Tarsus with three gates, which were highly robust until the end of the 18th century, were demolished in the year 1835 by Mısırlı İbrahim Paşa, and only single arch sea gate on two piers survived.

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The most important and well-protected historical remnants of MERSIN take place in Uzuncaburç, which is located 30 km north of Silifke. Today's Uzuncaburç settlement area, which was the place of prayer of Olba Kingdom, which is located 4 km east of Uzuncaburç, the center in Hellenistic period, was separated from Olba in Roman period in 72 A.D. in the rule of Emperor Vespasianus, and turned into a new sovereign site, printing monies in its own name with the name Diocaesarea (God-Emperor City). Zeus Sanctuary in Diocaesarea, mausoleum with constellation and pyramid structure remain from Selefkoslar; thus are Hellenistic structures; whereas columned street, playhouse, ceremony gate, fountain, Chance sanctuary, and Victory Gate remain from the Roman period. Upon development of Christianity in the district in the 5th century, Zeus Sanctuary was turned into a church, and furthermore new churches were built. Subsequent to the Byzantine period, Anatolian Turks named this place after the high constellation, the symbol of the city, and named it as "Uzuncaburç".

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Food in Mersin

Tantuni, finely minced fried meat and onion wrap, is one of the most famous food in this region. Don't leave the city without tasting it. In the center of the city, you will see several small local restaurants with this special fantastic food. Even though there are restaurants serving this food all through out the day, this type of food can be found easily late at nights. Cezerye is a mix made of carrots and fig and lots of spices may also include nuts. Kerebic is dessert unique to this area. It is a dough filled with pistachios and served with vegetarian cream on top of it. Künefe is also another dessert. Its oven baked shredded pastry with salt-free cheese filling in thick syrup.

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