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Antalya Attractions

Antalya Attractions
Yivli Minaret (Alaaddin Mosque, Center) 
 
It is in the city center of Antalya. It is the minaret of Alaaddin Mosque, which was converted into a mosque in 1230 by Seljuk Sultan, Alaaddin Keykubad.Catching one's eyes at the first look, Yivli Minaret considered as a symbol of the city. As its structure is cut up into slices by bricks, and constructed with 8 pieces of semi - cylindrical shape, it is named as Yivli Minaret. Very thick body had gained an aesthetic structure due to these grooves. Turquoise and dark blue colored Allah and Mohammad words are written to every direction of the floor.
 
Kesik Minare Mosque (Korkut Mosque - Cami - i Kebir, Center)
 
Seljuk Period piece of art, the mosque was previously constructed as Panagelia Church in the name of Virgin Mary by Byzantium during 5th A.D., and turned into a mosque by Sehzade Korkut during Bayezit II. It is also known as Korkut Mosque or Cami-i Kebir due to this reason. It is renamed as Kesik Minaret as the mosque was destructed after the a fire in 1851.
 
Kale Mosque (Sultan Suleyman Mosque, Alanya)
 
It is at west side of the shipyard of Alanya. It was constructed by Seljuk Sultan, Alaaddin Keykubad I. As it was re-constructed by Sultan Suleyman between 1530 and 1566, it is also known as Sultan Suleyman Mosque.
 
 
Myra (Demre) is known as the place where Saint Nicholas, known as Santa Claus (Father Christmas) in Christianity world, had performed his duty as a bishop. Moreover the church was constructed during 6th century as a memorial to Saint Nicholas after his death. Some remnants of Saint Nicholas tomb which has been stolen to Bari city by Italian sailors during the second half of our century are currently exhibited in the Antalya Museum. International Santa Claus (Father Christmas) Festival organized every year in Kale(Demre) and Kas between December 6-8 turn into a symposium where foreigners have also participated in Antalya recently.
 
Aya Yorgi Church (Alanya)
 
It is thought that the church within the Alanya Castle, was constructed by Byzantium during VIth century A. D.

 

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