Tapureli ruins

Tapureli ruins are in Mersin Province, Turkey.

Ruins from the west


Limonlu River is a small river in Erdemli district of Mersin Province. It was named Lamos River in the antiquity and it was usually taken as the borderline between Cilicia Trachaea and Cilicia Pedias. Tapureli ruins are situated on a plateau which overlooks the canyon of the river at about 36°39′N 34°02′E / 36.650°N 34.033°E. The ruins are named after the Turkmen village about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) north east of the ruins. The altitude of the ruins which are embosomed by the dense forestry is 1,080 metres (3,540 ft). The distance to Erdemli is 35 kilometres (22 mi) and to Mersin is 70 kilometres (43 mi)[1]

The ruins

The original settlement was a Hellenistic settlement which was rebuilt during Roman (and early Byzantine) era. The ruins which are more or less devastated are examples of civil architecture including five churches, a necropolis, a horizontal sundial, cisterns as well as houses. The finds retrieved after the excavations carried on in the eastern church code named A are now exhibited in Mersin Museum.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Village page ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)
  2. ^ Arik, Osman; Çalışkan, Mehmet; Aydın, Ayşe; Aydınoğlu, Ümit; Kerem, Filiz, eds. (2009) [2007]. Mersin: Ören Yerleri, Kaleleri, Müzeleri [Mersin: Oren Places, Castles, Museums] (in Turkish). Prepared by Filiz Kerem; Photographs by Selami Türk; Graphic design by Tanrtim Sanatlari (First ed.). Istanbul: Ekin Grubu (2007, first edition); İl Özel İdaresi (2009 edition). ISBN 978-605-4196-07-4. OCLC 805652523. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014.
Mersin Province

The Mersin Province (Turkish: Mersin ili) is a province in southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast between Antalya and Adana. The provincial capital is the city of Mersin and the other major town is Tarsus, birthplace of St Paul. The province is part of Çukurova, a geographical, economical and cultural region, that covers the provinces of Mersin, Adana, Osmaniye and Hatay.


Tapureli (former Tahtalı) is a village in Erdemli district of Mersin Province, Turkey. At 36°39′N 34°04′E it is 32 kilometres (20 mi) north west of Erdemli and about 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mersin. The population of the village was 1097 as of 2011. The village was founded in early 1800s by a Turkmen chieftain named Gökali. The name of the village refers to rocky landscape around. There are ruins of an ancient settlement named Tapureli ruins just 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south west of the village.

Tower of Gömeç

The Tower of Gömeç (Gömeç Kalesi) is a Roman watch tower in Rough Cilicia in southern Turkey.


Öküzlü is an archaeological site in Mersin Province, Turkey.

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