What to See in Adana and Uludag (Turkey)

By | July 14, 2022

Adana (Turkey)

The city of Adana is located in southern Turkey, 350 km southeast of Ankara. The city stands on the banks of the Seyhan River and is 30 km away from the Mediterranean Sea.

Adana is the fourth largest city in the country, it is inhabited by 1200 thousand people. Thanks to its favorable position on the way to the Kalikia plateau, the most fertile region, Adana is developing dynamically. Here are the largest markets for cotton, wheat, barley, olives, citrus and tobacco.

Back in the XIV century. BC. in this region there were Hittite settlements, then in the tenth century. BC. the Greeks settled here. In the 7th century BC. the territory was taken over by the Assyrians, and then it became part of the kingdom of Antiochus IV Epiphanius and subsequently was alternately ruled by the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Mamelukes. The Ottomans settled here in the 16th century. The power of the Turks was interrupted only twice: in the first half of the 19th century, when it was temporarily annexed to Egypt, and after the war of 1914-1918, when it was occupied by the French.

Tourists are attracted to the center of Kaliki, first of all, by the magnificent stone bridge across the Seyhan River, built by Hadrian in the 4th century. and restored by Justin. 14 of the 21 arches of the bridge have survived to this day. The castle also belongs to the same era from which only ruins have survived to this day. The regional museum

is also very interesting, where reliefs depicting Hector of Troy, King Priam, the royal chariot and the dragon are kept. The same museum houses the world-famous collection of coins. It is also worth visiting the Ataturk Culture Museum. The mosques of Adana are very beautiful. The famous Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii) was erected in the 16th century. the Ramazanoglu family. The ensemble of the mosque also includes the building of the Madrasah. To the south of the mosque is the Buyuk Saat clock tower. Near the tower, the ancient Turkish baths of Charshi Hamam and the bazaar have been preserved.

Unfortunately, its original building of 1882 was significantly damaged during the French invasion, while the modern one was reconstructed in 1935. Another interesting mosque is called Eski Yag. Its construction dates back to the 15th century. The most striking detail of this structure is the portal. Attracts tourists and the mosque Akca Meschidi, also XV century.

The city is famous not only for its economic or historical and architectural sights, but also for its cuisine with the famous Adana kebab and original local drinks: shalgam made from turnips and shiru – a special kind of grape juice. Saikhan reservoir is located 5 km north of Adana.(Seyhan Barraji). Citizens come here to spend the weekend, swim, sit in one of the coastal restaurants and bars.

Uludag (Turkey)

According to HEALTHKNOWING.COM, Uludag is a famous Turkish ski resort, which is suitable for lovers of a relaxing family holiday with young children. Uludag in translation means “Huge Mountain”, the maximum elevation here is 2543 m. The resort is located 150 km from Istanbuland 35 km from Bursa at an altitude of 2322 m above sea level within the National Park of the same name. The skiing season here lasts from late December to March, the thickness of the snow cover reaches 2 m. Skiers can choose from 25 slopes with a total length of 17 km, most of which are for beginner skiers. The longest route is 3 km. The height difference within the resort is 555 m. In Uludag there are 14 lifts (7 chairlifts and 7 rope tows). Beginning skiers can use the services of instructors from the local ski school, and after skiing, tourists are invited to saunas, Turkish baths, numerous restaurants and bars.

In summer, the Uludag National Park is suitable for hiking through the forested mountainous areas.

From Uludag you can go to Bursa by funicular. This is the first capital of the Ottoman state, the city was founded in the 2nd century BC. The city is a real collection of historical monuments in the open air. The main attractions are the Green Mausoleum, the white marble Green Mosque, the oldest mosque in the city – Orhan Gazi Cami (1336), the Beyazit Mosque, the only one in Turkey the twenty-domed mosque Ulu Jami, as well as the unique complex of mausoleums in Muradiyya, where many Ottoman sultans are buried.

Uludag (Turkey)