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The Province of Mersin, also known as Mersin Ili in Turkish, is an important economical and cultural region that is situated on the Turkish coast. Being located in southern Turkey, it has an exit to the Mediterranean Sea, hosting the largest port on this side of the coast, where all of the travellers have access to modern facilities and impressive touristic attractions. This region includes the provinces of Adana, Osmaniye and Hatay. This is a popular destination due to the large port where a great number of vessels, yachts and boats can moor throughout the year.
The city of Mersin is the capital of the province that offers both modern attractions, but it enriches and beautifies the travellers’ experience with the rich cultural and historical heritage, inherited from the ancient civilisations. As per archaeological proof, Mersin has been inhabited since 9000 BC. Impressive discoveries were made on these lands and no less than 23 levels of occupations were unveiled in time. Populations such as the Hittites, the Assyrians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Seleucids and Lagids lived here long before the Romans and the Turkish people conquered this territory. Some of the most astonishing proof of existence of the ancestors can be admired in Mersin in places like the Ancient City of Diocarsarea-Olba or Soloi Pompeipolis.
The tourism in Mersin is not as developed as in other regions, such as Antalya, but it has its own special charm. This is an ideal destination for the travellers who are looking to rest in a quiet and peaceful place, on the shores of the Mediterranean. The tourists who reach this city by boat or by plane will be enchanted by the tall, imposing buildings, the modern facilities and the high quality hotels. One of the tallest skyscrapers in Turkey can be admired here. The Mertim Tower, as it is called, used to be the tallest building in the country until Is Bankasi Tower in Istanbul was built.
The city has 4 municipalities and a total of almost 2 million inhabitants in the entire province. This place is home to many attractions that will satisfy the travellers’ desire to discover the Turkish culture and history, art and architecture. The most popular landmarks in the city are the city of Tarsus, which is known to be the birthplace of St. Paul, Silifke, the ancient Roman town of Anemurium, the ancient city of Elaiussa Sebaste, the Marmure Castle, Kizkalesi Castle and Namrun Castle. Some of the most important collections and historical pieces are protected in museums like Mersin Museum, Mersin Ataturk Museum, Mersin Naval Museum, Silifke Museum or Tarsus Museum.
This city is active and its beauty can be discovered every step of the way. There are great accommodation services that are provided in hotels like Mersin Hilton, Mersin Sultan Hotel, Hotel Hantur, Ulu Resort Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel and many more.
The tourists who are looking for an unusual vacation are welcome to visit the Province of Mersin and its most popular towns and cities.
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