Aydıncık, Mersin

Coordinates: 36°08′30″N 33°19′04″E / 36.14167°N 33.31778°E / 36.14167; 33.31778
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Aydıncık is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°08′30″N 33°19′04″E / 36.14167°N 33.31778°E / 36.14167; 33.31778
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Aydıncık is a district of Mersin Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is 173 kilometres (107 mi) from Mersin and 325 kilometres (202 mi) from Antalya.

History[change | change source]

Aydıncık has also been called Celenderis,[1] Gilindire, Kelenderis (Κελενδερίς in ancient Greek). In 1228 Celenderis castle was captured from the Armenians by the Ottomans.[2] The coast was settled by Turkish peoples. The town's name changed to Gilindere. It continued to be an important port between Anatolia and Cyprus until the beginning of the 20th century. It was renamed Aydıncık in 1965.

Geography[change | change source]

Aydıncık is near the Mediterranean Sea. There are a lot of beaches in Aydıncık. There are Yenikaş, Hacıbahattin, Karadere, Karaseki, Teknecik, Yeniyürük, Yeniyürükkaş, Eskiyürük, Pembecik and Duruhan villages in Aydıncık.

Places of interest[change | change source]

The remains of ancient Celenderis are very few. The ruins today are mostly covered over by the expanding modern Aydıncık. Fortifications may still be seen around the modern lighthouse near the harbor. There is a landlocked bay with its famous spring 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) to the west at Soguksu. Here there are ancient ruins There is a bath at the head of the bay. There are also traces of archaeological debris on the peninsula at its mouth.

The Dortayak Cenotaph[change | change source]

The Dortayak Cenotaph

There is a large Roman Cenotaph with four columns from the 2nd century.

Gilindire Cave[change | change source]

The cave of Gilindere is about an hour's ride along the coast by small boat. It is about 555 metres (1,821 ft) and 46 metres (151 ft) deep.[3] It has attractive stone and crystal formations.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "History". Triposo. Retrieved 3 January 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Ancient Greek Coins". Penelope Coins and Collecting. 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Gilindire cave bears traces of Ice Age". TURKUVAZ GAZETE DERGİ BASIM A.Ş. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.