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Alahan Monastery in Mut at Göksu Valley

Alahan Monastery in Mut Region

We headed from Mut towards Karaman on Highway 715, which is currently being improved. After the first bend about 22 kilometres after leaving Mut, we are struck by the silhouette of the Alahan Monastery higher up on the mountain.

Mut, the City of Apricot

Mut, the City of Apricot

We went to Karaman again with regard to preparation of the 2011 Paragliding Weeks. Here, the district governor drew our attention to the ancient city of Claudiopolis and invited us to see the district centre called Mut and its vicinity. This region is especially famous for growing of Mut Apricot, which is an aromatic apricot type.

Kilise Tepe at River Göksu

Kilise Tepe at River Göksu

Our invitation from the Municipality of Mut, especially by the Kaymakam….. includes one more special event when we were going to Kilise Tepe, about 25 Kilometers outside of Mut. Always following the Göksu River we at least were leaving the main road going into a farm road, then even going cross country.

Turkey - Bird Watching at Göksu River

Turkey - Bird Watching at Göksu River

Turkey is one of the richest countries in wetlands among the countries in Europe and the Middle East. These wetlands have great importance especially for wildlife as well as for local economy.

The Cave Church of Alaoda

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The Cave Church of Alaoda

If you drive the road between Karaman and Mut, you should take a short break at the village of Geçimli (Malya) and ask passers-by for directions to the church grotto and the monastery of Alaoda. There was no signage at that time.

The ruins of Tokmar Kalesi near Silifke

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The ruins of Tokmar Kalesi near Silifke

After visiting Yilan Kalesi near Ceyhan and the Lambron Castle near Camliyaila, we drove back to Tarsus and then took the coastal road D 400 in the direction of Silifke via Anamur and Gazipasa to Alanya.

The Orontes - important water supplier in the Bekaa valley

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The Orontes - important water supplier in the Bekaa valley

For the past two centuries, the region of the rising sun, the Middle East, often referred to by Europeans as the Orient, has been an essential part of archaeological research and the history of human development and their settlement areas.

Antakya and Harbiye Archaeological Museum

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Antakya and Harbiye Archaeological Museum

Long before the Turkish colonization of Anatolia and the two-stream country came about, there were successive high cultures that ruled the country. The earliest traces of human settlement in the region were discovered southwest of Antakya:

Sagalassos on the Akdag near Burdur

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Sagalassos on the Akdag near Burdur

Leaving Antalya towards Burdur and Isparta on the 650/350 road, you will reach the fork for Korkutelli or Termessos after about 11 kilometers.

Parasites discovered in the Roman sewage system

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Parasites discovered in the Roman sewage system

In the ancient city of Sagalassos, which dates back to 25 BC when getting under Roman rule, archaeologists working there examined a bathing complex and a latrine integrated into it,

Hiking in an apostle’s footsteps: the St. Paul Trail

Trekking on the St. Paul Trail

Perge, today one of the best preserved, most visited ancient sites on Turkey’s sun-soaked Mediterranean shore, in the A.D. first century was a living, booming Roman city, its colonnaded streets thronging with prosperous citizens, its massive theater crammed with spectators for shows and gladiatorial displays, its opulent bathhouses humming with the tittle-tattle of wealthy merchants.

Mountainbike trails at ancient town of Olympos

Ancient town of Olympos

We were turning back to the main road between Antalya and Kumluca, as it was easy to find some advices for Olympos. There is no need for a guide while travelling to Olympos on the research for Mountainbike trails, as we were awaited already.

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