Kizkalesi (Maiden's Castle), ancient Korykos. The town derives its name from the castle situated on a small isle 200 meters offshore. In the past it was a small peninsula, but in time it lost its tie to the mainland and it is now a small island. Inside the castle there are the ruins of a Byzantine church. The castle was built by the Greeks colonists in the 4th century BC. in order to prevent enemy attacks from the sea.
Narlikuyu : A short drive from Kizkalesi will take us to a small village located on a beautiful bay called Narlikuyu. At the entrance of the village stands a small building known as Kizlar Hamami (Bath of the Maidens) in which there is a 4th century AD mosaic depiction known as the Three Graces, Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia who were minor deities generally associated with Aphrodite.
Cennet (Paradise) chasm: 2 kilometers inland from Narlikuyu there are two natural land formations; one is the Cennet (Paradise) chasm, 200m long and 70m deep. It is best to visit in the morning or late afternoon and a pocket torch will be needed. Around 500 steps will take visitors down to a small plateau where a 5C Byzantine church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin can be visited. To go further down a torch will surely be needed and 200m long path will lead to a huge cavern.
Cehennem (Hell), Around 75 meters east of Cennet chasm is the Cehennem (Hell), a 120 meters deep and 70 meters wide sinkage. The cliffs lining the sides of this abyssal hole are so precipitous that only experienced climbers can go down.
Dilek Magarasi (the Cave of Wishes): Not too far from the Chennem is the deep Narlikuyu Cave which is also known as Dilek Magarasi (the Cave of Wishes). As a part of the Corycian Cave group, Narlikuyu Cave is a natural formation full of stalagmites and stalactites enriched with calcium carbonate. Because of its humid air the cave is also serving as a health center for those who are suffering from asthma and respiratory diseases. There is a flight of steps descending which was carved on the rocks during the Roman era.
Mausoleum of the Fearless King (Mezgit Kalesi). : Between Susanoglu beach and Pasli village is the Mausoleum of the Fearless King (Mezgit Kalesi). The facade of the mausoleum is 8 meters high and decorated with Corinthian columns.
Adamkayalar, the Cliff of Men: Between Narlikuyu to Kizkalesi a rough track of 8 kilometers will lead to Adamkayalar, the Cliff of Men, one of the most interesting sites around Mersin. The rough path ascends to the hill, providing gorgeous views of a coastline scattered with the ruins of ancient buildings. On the right side, the visitors can immediately notice the ruins of a 1st century AD building which probably formed part of an early Christian settlement, and a well-preserved Roman tomb. After a 1 kilometer walk to the left of the path we reach the Adamkayalar, a Roman necropolis dating back to 1st century AD. Here the tombs, cut from the rocks, have reliefs of the persons buried inside. On some of the reliefs persons are shown as sitting on a chair, others are depicted as armed warriors. A few of them are depicted with their wives.
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