Yilanlikale (castle of snakes)
Yilanlikale has the ruins of a fortress set at top a peak dominating the River Ceyhan.
Yılankale (Turkish for "Snake Castle")castle in Adana Province of Turkey. It is known in Armenian as Levonkla ( "Levon's fortress") after its founder—King Leo (Levon) I the Magnificent (r. 1198/9-1219) of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.
It is located on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan River, six kilometers west of the town of Ceyhan. It is almost entirely built of well coursed squared, probably limestone, blocks.
The castle contains a chapel.It is half-ruined with only two walls standing.
According to information on the Çukurova University website, the castle was abandoned during the reign of the Ramadanids in the mid-14th century.
It has been described as the "most perfectly preserved Armenian castle" of the Çukurova (Cilicia) region. The castle is open to the public and was renovated in summer of 2014.
Karatepe National Park
Karatepe National Park is the NeoHittite site where you will find the remains of the summer residence of King Asitawada, tablets of Hittite and Phoenician inscriptions, and an open air museum holding many remnants.
Excavations were carried out at the site of a Late Hittites city in Karatepe. The walls and gates to the city were uncovered. The inscribed orthostats and bas-reliefs along the length of the inner walls were left in place and restored. A roof supported by concrete columns is built over the works. Thus the Open Air Museum was established.
The dark colored basalt bas-relief depicts scenes of feasts, musicians, a bull being led away, the God of Storm, and various palace activities. There is Hittite hieroglyphic writing on the stones. The castle measures 430 m. from north to south, and 190 m. from east to west. There are remains of a wall whose breadth varies from 2-4 m., with towers at 18-20 m. intervals.
There are some ancient cities on the road to Iskenderun which include Roman remnants. Misis is on the caravan route that came from China, India and Persia. Mopsuestia or Mopsus or Mamistra is an ancient city of Cilicia Campestris (later Cilicia Secunda) on the Pyramus (also Pyramos, now the Ceyhan Nehri) river located approximately 20 km east of present-day Adana
Among the remains of Roman times, the most interesting is the elegant mosaic of the 4th century A.D representing Noah's Ark.Christianity seems to have been introduced very early into Mopsuestia and during the 3rd century there is mention of a bishop, Theodorus, the adversary of Paul of Samosata. Other famous residents of the early Christian period in the city’s history include Saint Auxentius (d. 360), and Theodore, bishop from 392–428, the teacher of Nestorius.
Mopsuestia remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church, the seat has been vacant since the death of the last bishop in 1963.
Yumurtalik (84 kms from Adana) and Karatas (50 kms from Adana)are the nearest beaches with proper accommodation. In Yumurtalik there is an ancient harbour castle contributing much to this pretty fishing city. For fishing, there is Camlik Park 30 kms southwest of Adana.
Yumurtalik is also known as the end of the road for the oil pipelines of Iraq
Adana is also famous for its delicious Adana Kebap.
The tea houses and restaurants alongside the Seyhan Dam and Lake provide a cool and perfect view of the city and the river at sunsets.Some restaurants have live musdic in the night
Dilekkaya (stone of wishes)
Dilekkaya, the ancient Anavarza, was an important Roman Byzantine city which still preserves the outline of the old city including two particularly worthwhile mosaics.
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