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    Other mosques

    by maykal Written Feb 23, 2013
    Circling birds at Ulu Cami, Adana
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    Central Adana is mainly a modern city centre with few old buildings. But if you like mosques, there are a number of old mosques dating from the 16th century.

    The main one to head for is Ulu Cami, the great mosque, a black and white striped stone building that looks very Syrian (If you've been to Aleppo or Damascus, you'll know what I mean by that...). When I walked by, something odd was happening that was attracting quite a bit of attention from locals...a flock of birds was circling the minaret over and over again. Shopowners were peering out their doors, streetcleaners leant on their brooms to look up, and local kids were laughing and clapping. I took a few photos, trying to capture a sense of what they were doing, but it doesn't really come across in the one photo that turned out not blurry. After a few dozen laps of the minaret, the birds collectively decided to land in a tree on the other side of the road, and life returned back to normal.

    Another old mosque worth seeking out is the Yağ Cami (oil mosque) in the middle of Adana's bazaar district. Don't go expecting an exotic crowded bazaar in covered alleyways, for Adana's bazaar is a less centralızed effort, just a few streets crammed with stalls, and a street of wood workshops. The mosque itself has an impressively ornate arched entrance, and incorporates part of an old church.

    Opposite the Atatürk statue by Küçüksaat is Kemeraltı Camii, not the city's most attractive but surrounded by shoehiners and pigeons.

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    Sabancı Merkez Camii

    by maykal Written Feb 23, 2013
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    If you've spent any time in Turkey, you'll probably have come across the name Sabancı once or twice. A powerful family controlling many of Turkey's biggest companies (notably Akbank and Pegasus Airlines) and institutions (Sabancı University, and several museums), several of the Sabancı family came were born in Adana. Their big contribution to the city has been the largest mosque in Turkey and third largest in the world, the Sabancı Merkez Camii. And yes, it is huge.

    I passed the mosque twice, but both times I was on the opposite side of a busy 6 lane highway. I did consider risking my life (no obvious crossing points) to see the interior, but just as I was thinking about it, the call to prayer began, which meant I would have to wait for prayers to be over...and unfortunately I had a bus to catch. A shame, as I hear it is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Instead, I walked down to the river back towards the stone bridge, passing a man in a rowing boat busy blowing up balloons to float on the water for a shooting game.

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    Taş Köprüsü

    by maykal Written Feb 23, 2013
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    I quite like my bridges, especially old ones, so this Roman stone one across the Seyhan River was probably the most impressive sight in Adana for me. I first walked across it in the evening, but while some of the 16 arches were lit from underneath, there wasn't a single light on top, so walking along it was quite eerie. I wasn't alone though, as the bridge was thronging with people walking home from work to the other side of town. On the way over, I stopped to take a few photos of a huge mosque further upstream, the Sabanci Merkez Camii.

    The following morning, I decided to take another look, and again found the bridge busy with people, this time with several market stalls. It wasn't really a touristy market, just an odd collection of second hand clothes, mobile phone accessories, and pirated dvds, along with a couple of men with polaroid cameras who had set up instant photo booths for local tourists. The sun was out, and it was the warmest day since I had arrived in Turkey, so that added to the bridge's charm.

    The other side is technically another city called Yüreğir but it is more like a quieter version of Adana, no real sights as far as I could see, and the river bank mostly taken up by the massive Adana Hilton. Before making my way back over the bridge, a man claiming to be a refugee from Syria came to chat to me. An innocent enough conversation to begin with, it soon turned to money and whether I could give him any. He had a bit of a shock when I replied in Arabic, as being from Syria he should have understood and spoken perfect Arabic...unfortunately his was limited to three or four words, and he realised his game was up and moved off swiftly. He was unfortunately the first of many "Syrians" I met in this part of Turkey.

    Anyway, back to the bridge. I read later that the bridge had cars travelling over it until a few years ago, making it the oldest bridge to be open to motorized vehicles. It was a good decision to make it pedestrian only, although that doesn't stop motorbikes from zooming across.

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    Seyhan Dam Lake

    by serkanen Written Sep 29, 2008

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    You can have a tour across the Seyhan Dam Lake or taste some local food, dessert and drink around there. It's a quiet place where you can enjoy the peace by watching the calm water if you get tired from daily stresses of big chaotic cities.

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    Ulu (Great) Mosque

    by serkanen Written Sep 29, 2008

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    It was built in 15th century. It has a fascinating and unique architecture which combines different styles like Seljuk and Mamluk. Mosque and its neighbourhood (madrasah and park etc.) still remain same with its 15th form. It reflects the characteristics of old Adana.

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    Adana Archeology Museum

    by serkanen Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    One of the oldest archeological museums in Turkey. It's a regional museum of Cukurova. It consists of huge collections from various civilizations.

    There are tombs and coloumns from early ages in first floor and garden. Tombs of Akhilleus and Medusa, and statues of Aphrodite and Sun Goddess of Hittite worth-while to see there. In second floor there are good collections from Seljuk and Ottomans period. You can see tiles and coins here.

    You can visit the musuem everyday except monday between the hours 08.30-12.30/13.00-17.00

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    House of Ataturk - Museum

    by serkanen Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    A typical Turkish mansion which was built in 19th century. Ataturk stayed here during his Adana visits. Now it is used as museum. You can see rooms decorated in 19th century style, and also photos, collections, memories showing the Turkish War of Independence inside the museum.

    You can visit the musuem everyday except monday between the hours 08.30-12.30/13.00-17.00

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    Big Clock Tower

    by serkanen Written Sep 10, 2008

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    It was built on 1882 by the governor of Adana, Abidin Pasha. It has 32m high which gives it to feature of being the highest clock tower in Turkey. It's located on the heart Old Adana. Its neighbourhood is worthy to see with caracteristics of old Adana.

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    Toprak Kale

    by traveloturc Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Toprakkale is a town and a district of Osmaniye Province(osmaniye was a district of Adana before the decison of being a separate province) in the .It is located at 10 km to the west of Osmaniye. Its name comes from an Abbasid castle near the city.
    The town is on a road and rail crossing, a natural intersection of routes between Adana, Hatay and Gaziantep. This must be why the castle was built, certainly the patch of land around it is arid and the climate unbearably hot.They say that this is the junction of the south anatolia region

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    Merkez Park

    by traveloturc Written Aug 8, 2007

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    central park of Adana

    Merkez park means Cenratl Park and the Municipaity of Adaa decide to build the central park of Adana...It was agood idea to build such a park because the people of Adana can ejoy some green area under the shadows of the trees in hot summer days and nights

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    Saat Kulesi

    by traveloturc Updated Aug 7, 2007

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    Büyük Saat (The Great Clock), a large clock tower, was built by the local governor of Adana in 1882. Unfortunately, it was damaged during the French occupation but it was rebuilt in 1935, and its image can be found in the city's coat of arms. There are many historical buildings and tombs of local governors next to the Büyük Saat.

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    Ethnographical Museum

    by traveloturc Written Aug 7, 2007

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    Be sure to see the Ethnographical Museum where Turkish carpets, swords, manuscript books and tombstones are exhibited. The building itself is interesting as well since it was built as a church by the Crusaders. The Adana Archaeological Museum merits visiting too.

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    Taskopru (stone Bridge )

    by traveloturc Written Aug 7, 2007

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    The precious River Seyhan is spanned by the ancient Taskopru (Stone Bridge) which was built by Hadrian and then repaired by Justinian. It is worth noting that to built a 300 yards long stone bridge in Roman times was a real feat.

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    The living history channel

    by looseelectron Updated Jun 9, 2005

    If you are interested about past civilizations, The Archaeological Museum, which displays locally excavated Hittite and Roman Remains, the charming Ethnography Museum, and the Ataturk Culture Museum should be included in a tour of the city.

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    visit the mosques!

    by usacaver Updated Aug 9, 2003

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    If you find yourself in Adana,visit the mosques.They are very unique,and there is one of the largest mosques{in Turkiye} near the seyhan river{you will see it as it is very easy to spot from almost any where} I think I was told that it took 12 years to build and very beautiful.

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