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Gazipaşa - Antiocheia ad Cragum - Burg Güney

Gazipaşa - Antiocheia ad Cragum - Burg Güney

The archeological ruins at the Güney village 18 kilometers to the Gazipaşa center is locally known as Nohutyeri when you torn right on the main road, you drive on an asphalt road among pine trees and then olive groves and arrive at the village of Güney and the ruins intermingled with the present settlement.

The ancient city is founded on a hill steeply descending to the sea 300 meters below. The ruins of the necropolis, colonnaded street, the church and the bathhouse, the portal and the walls of a medieval castle can be seen here. The founder and the namesake of this city is thought to be Antiochos IV, the King of Commagene. However, there is no reliable information concerning this period of city’s history.

The ruins of the cite sprawl over a quite wide area. Banana trees in greenhouses and the Mediterranean complete this impressive picture. The wins of a medieval castle to the west of the ancient harbor, remnants of five churches and tombs in broken limestone are seen on the sea shore.

The church to the east of the port is the better preserved one. When you walk about 1.500 meters eastwards from the ruins of the castle, you enter the colonnaded main street passing under a monumental portal. Towards the north of the street we see a clover leaf shaped church from the Middle Byzantine period. The structure around the courtyard at the western end of the street is probably a monumental tomb. The big structure on the northwestern end of the courtyard is the wins of a bath.

At the beginning of the road that descends down to the banana groves, a panoramic view of the sea can he seen. The road meanders through gardens descending towards the sea.

There is no road for vehicles connecting the ruins of the castle to the sea shore directly. So it is necessary to walk a little bit. It is easy to walk down, but it is rather taxing to climb up for those who come here during summer heat.

The slopes descending to the shore are completely covered with banana gardens. Most of the plants are now in greenhouses either glass or plastic. One other interesting feature of the banana groves is the locally concocted cable cars that provide transportation between the banana groves and the village up above, Each banana garden has its own private cable car! The rocks in the sea have formed a basin where the youngsters of the village entertain themselves. This is the place where the port of a city trading with faraway lands like Egypt was located in the past. Boats on excursion can enter through hole in the rock to the basin, which is like a small haven. Local people named this place “Kings Cove.” 

In the east there is a wide sand beach. There are no service facilities on the beach but it is very attractive with its clean waters and peacefull atmosphere. No extensive archeological excavations have taken place at the ruins. But a small Pegasus statue was found here in 2004. It is on exhibit at the Alanya Museum. Entrance is free.

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