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Tarsus is a city in Mediterranean Turkey, located between Mersin and Adana.

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By train[edit]

Fairly modern and very frequent trains from Adana and Mersin. The trunk line bypasses the city about a few km to the east. Yenice is the nearest trunk line station and has daily connections to main centres of the country such as Istanbul and Ankara.

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Tarsus city tourist map
The roman causeway in Tarsus
Tarsus Grand Mosque and clock Tower

The city has lots to see from Roman and Biblical times, for instance, in a clockwise route starting from the west:

  • the Roman causeway (Antik Yol - Ancient Road), a small but well preserved piece of roman road
  • the Well of St Paulus (St. Paul Kuyusu)
  • the old Tarsus houses (Tarsus Evleri), a small maze of old stone houses in different stages of preservation
  • the Old Mosque (Eski Cami), a 14th century church transformed to mosque in the 15th century.
  • the Roman Bath ruins (Roma Hamami), with a remarkable wall
  • the Makam Mosque (Makam Camii) and the Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii) with its 19th century Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi)
  • the Bazaar (Kirkkasik Bazaar) next door to the Grand Mosque
  • the Cleopatra's Gate (Kleopatra Kapisi)

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If you are wondering in the city, or if you somehow happen to be in the city, never ever forget to buy Cezerye: some kind of a Turkish delight that has a different texture and taste. You should for sure try shalgam too but you might not be able to see it due to it being a seasonal drink that is sour and bitter, refreshing though.

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Get out[edit]

Routes through Tarsus
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