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Introduction

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Tarsus is the second largest city in Mersin Province. Even though she has beautiful nature, newly built parks, and a rich history, she is usually unnoticed by tourists excluding religious pilgrims.
Tarsus hosts significantly important sights religious wise both for Christians and Muslims. She is the birthplace of Saint Paul who served as one of the first Christian missionaries. There is also a cave of Seven Sleepers, a legend that is common to Christianity and Islam.
Mark Antony and Cleopatra first met in Tarsus.

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Sights and Activities

  • Cleopatra Gate
  • Tarsus Museum
  • The Church and well of St Paul
  • The tomb of Seven Sleepers
  • Shahmeran's Hamam

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Getting There

By Plane

Adana Şakirpaşa Airport (IATA: ADA, ICAO: LTAF) in the city of Adana is the closest to Tarsus.

Airlines flying into the airport include Blue Wings (Düsseldorf; Stuttgart), Onur Air (Antalya, Ercan, Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir), Pegasus Airlines (Antalya, Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Ercan, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Trabzon) and Turkish Airlines (Ankara, Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Venice).

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Eat

Findik Lahmacun is smaller version of Turkish lahmacun. What differentiates findik lahmacun from a regular lahmacun is the amount of meat and lack of tomatoes.

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Drink

Salgam is turnip pickle juice.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.

There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.

Post

PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.

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