MERSİN HISTORICAL SITES

The Institute is located 6 km west of Erdemli, between the cities of Mersin and Silifke.

Places of historical significance to visit:

  • Tırtar Akkale
  • Çatıören
  • Kanlıdivane (Ruins of ancient city Kanytelis)
  • Cennet Cehennem (Deep chasms of ‘Heaven and Hell’)
  • Kızkalesi (tourist resort at site of castle of Korykos)
  • Viranşehir (Corinthian columns dating from 700 B.C.)

MUSEUMS

  • Mersin Museum
  • Tarsus Museum
  • Atatürk’s House
  • Silifke Archaeological Museum

CAVES

  • Cennet-Cehennem (5th century chapel ruins in chasm of  ‘Heaven’)
  • Astım mağarası (stalactites, stalagmites, beneficial to asthmatics)

BIRDWATCHING

  • Göksu Delta (Protected lagoon which attracts many bird species)

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting, etc

CULTURAL  ACTIVITIES

The city of Mersin has a selection of cinemas, an opera and ballet theatre (performances throughout the theatrical season) regular concerts and several festivals. (https://secure.dobgm.gov.tr/opera2013/devopera.aspx)