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Akkent Mah GMK Bulvarı No: 612 Yenişehir / Mersin, Turkey

Phone: +90 324 356 1100
Fax: +90 324 356 1199
www.divan.com.tr
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Divan Mersin Hotel

Akkent Mah GMK Bulvarı
No: 612 Yenişehir / Mersin,
Turkey

Location

Divan Mersin is located in the centre of Turkey's 10th most populous city, Mersin, which is a major centre of maritime trade. Divan Mersin is just 50 minutes by car from Adana Şakirpaşa Airport and two minutes from the city centre. Located near Mersin's organized industrial zones, the Mersin Expo Centre and the modern marina, Divan Mersin provides guests with easy access to the city's leading business and leisure destinations.

Surrounding Area

Stretching as far as the Taurus Mountains to the north and in the south down to the warm waters of the Mediterranean, it is difficult to decide whether Mersin is more important as a commercial city or as a rich historic treasure house. Home to the largest port in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean, Mersin is a key channel transporting agricultural products grown in the rich and fertile soil of the (Çukurova) plain to world markets. At the same time, the oldest known settlement in Anatolia was discovered at Yumuktepe Tell in Mersin. Dating back to 7,000 BCE, this site is testimony to Mersin's nearly 10,000-year history, making it a unique destination where history is part of the city's very fabric.

Its historic importance is reflected in the Mersin of today and its streets redolent with the rich fragrances of orange, banana and lemon trees. The city centre, where Divan Mersin is located, enchants visitors with the promise of enjoyable moments spend wandering along the shore. At Yumuktepe you can discover a settlement whose thousands of years of history are built upon each other layer by layer and examine the artefacts found at this site in the Mersin Museum. At the elegantly modern marina, which opened in 2011, you can enjoy outstanding views and world-class shopping simultaneously.

From both a historic and a tourism perspective, Mersin's numerous municipalities are all at least as fascinating as the city itself, with the heart-stopping Caves of Heaven and Hell and, with its tragic story, the Maiden's Tower standing alone in the middle of the sea. Those with an interest in maritime trade will enjoy visiting Turkey's first Amphora Museum in Taşucu, while those who have a passion for food will want to sample the Mersin speciality “tantuni” in its hometown, as well as try out numerous other experiences unique to Mersin or better enjoyed here than anywhere else.

Nearby Points of Interest

Taşucu Arslan Eyce Amphora Museum

Commerce in Mersin, Turkey's largest port, dates back thousands of years and has been practiced by dozens of civilizations. For that reason it is singularly appropriate that Turkey's first and only museum devoted to one of the most important elements of maritime trade throughout history, the amphora, should be located in Mersin. The Arslan Eyce Amphora Museum, located in Taşucu, sheds light on the 3,000-year history of these two-handled vessels with pointed bases that can be stacked one atop the other. The museum's collection features hundreds of examples from Syrian and Palestinian amphorae dating to the 7th century BCE to Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine amphorae that shed light on the region's lively commercial life.

Nusret Minelayer Museum

Nusret, the world's most famous minelayer, changed the course of the First World War with the 26 mines that it laid in the Çanakkale Straits in 1915, sending the English fleet to the bottom. This iconic vessel sank in Mersin Harbour in the 1990s and, in 1999, was raised up by volunteers, following which it was purchased by the Tarsus Municipality, which converted it into a floating museum. Since 2003, the Nusret has been on display in a lovely park commemorating the Turkish victory in Gallipoli. In 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the victory, the vessel once again took to the waves, if only symbolically, reminding visitors, thousands of miles from the battlefield, of one of the most surprising victories in military history.

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Caves of Heaven and Hell

Located in the Silifke municipality, the actual names of these giant caves are Heaven's Sinkhole and Hell's Hole. The caves which are located 80 meters (262 ft.) from each other are respectively 70 meters (230 ft.) and 128 meters (420 ft.) deep. Hell's Hole cannot be descended without spelunking equipment due to its concave walls; however, it is possible to peer into its eerie and seemingly endless depths from a special viewing platform. Visitors descend into Heaven's Sinkhole towards lush green foliage along a tree-shaded staircase and at one point actually disappear from sight! Although one cannot enter Hell's Hole, leaving the cool base of Heaven's Sinkhole gently echoing with the sounds of its subterranean waters on a seemingly endless climb to the surface can seem like the torments of hell.

The maiden´s castle

The Maiden's Castle

Located in Erdemli Municipality, and bearing the same name as the municipality where it is located, this castle is located on a small island in the middle of the sea, facing another medieval castle, the Korikos Castle. Defended by eight towers, the castle is the most famous of the numerous historic sites in Erdemli, which include aqueducts, rock-cut tombs and churches. Built by the Byzantines in 1104, the castle has a legend associated with it very much like that of Istanbul's famed Maiden's Tower in which a king seeks to protect his daughter from a fated death. As if all this were not enough, the town's sea and beaches are of a quality that cannot be overshadowed by its historic riches.

Mersin Museum

Mersin has not only been home to numerous civilizations; it is also the site of Anatolia's first permanent settlements. These settlements stretch back so far that artefacts discovered at the excavations at the oldest of settlements at Yumuktepe and Gözlükule date to the Neolithic Period. These seven thousand year old artefacts along with numerous pieces dating from the Bronze Age and the Urartian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods are on display in three separate halls at the Mersin Museum. First opened in 1978 and renovated in 2001 when it took on its present incarnation, the first hall of the museum features stone objects and statues from the Roman era, while the third hall features ethnographic artefacts including decorative items, clothing and kilims. The museum's collection includes more than 30,000 artefacts, over 2,500 of which are on display, bringing the daily life of people from thousands of years before the common era alive today.

Saint Paul 's Church and Well

Saint Paul 's Church and Well

Of the many antique churches built in honour of St. Paul, who played a central role in the spread of Christianity, the only one that remains standing today is in the city of Tarsus, where he was born. The church, which is believed to have been built between 1100 and 1200 AD, underwent a major restoration in the 1800s. Today, it is a memorial museum that welcomes visitors and Christian pilgrims alike. St. Paul's Well is located in the area where the home of this important historical figure, a native of Tarsus, is believed to have been. The well, whose water is considered sacred by some Christian sects, is 1.15 meters (3.75 ft.) in diameter, and excavations on the site of the well have revealed walls that may be those of the house where St. Paul lived.

Yumuktepe Tell

This ruin mound, located in the centre of the city, bears traces of inhabitation dating back to 7,000 years before the common era. Excavations at the burial mound were first started in 1936, and 23 levels of habitation have been identified, with traces of a 6,500-year-old palace being discovered in 2014. Excavations continue at the site and the artefacts discovered are on display at the Mersin Museum. At the site one can experience first-hand the traces of all the eras to which it was a witness from the Neolithic period to the Hittite Empire and from the Roman Empire to the Byzantine era when the settlement lost its economic significance.

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Kanlidivane

The most striking fact about this ancient city, which dates to 3,000 years before the common era, is that it was built around a giant 30-meter (98 ft.) deep sinkhole. Because of its enormous size this sinkhole was accorded sacred status by a variety of civilizations, and as a result the city itself became a religious centre. According to legend, cruel kings threw criminals into the sinkhole where they were devoured by lions, a legend that some say is the source of the city's name. However, the staircases descending into the sinkhole and the caves located there indicate that the sinkhole itself was inhabited. The area offers a variety of historic treasures to discover from the relief carvings inside the sinkhole to the streets, graves and basilicas that surround it, while the superior acoustics of the sinkhole make it an outstanding present-day concert venue

Mersin Atatürk House Museum

This house, where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, stayed for 11 days along with his wife Latife Hanim during his visit to Mersin in 1925, is today open to visitors as the Atatürk House Museum. Originally built in 1897 as the residence of the German Consul General, after being home to different families for nearly a century, the building was converted into a museum and officially opened in 1992. The first floor of the two-story building is a photograph and document gallery, featuring 22 of Atatürk's personal effects brought from his mausoleum, the Anıtkabir. The seven rooms on the second floor have been specially furnished and are host to a display of ethnographic artefacts.

Mersin Marina

Since 2011, Mersin renowned as a port city and home to the largest port in Turkey, has also been home to the largest marina in the Eastern Mediterranean. Built to help Mersin move one step ahead in the international yacht tourism market, the yacht club covers a total area of 3,500 square meters (376,700 sq.ft.) and provides docking facilities for up to 1,000 yachts. Featuring a restaurant district that is home to the top names in international and Mediterranean dining as well as a 2,000-person amphitheatre, Mersin Marina is the modern face of the city's thousands of years of history. Here you can spend a pleasant afternoon wandering among the shops at the Mersin marina and watch the sun set over a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean.

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Tarsus Great Mosque

The largest mosque in Tarsus, the Great Mosque, has taken shape alongside Mersin. In the 9th century, the Abbasids built a mosque on the site where today's Great Mosque stands. After the Byzantine conquest, this structure was converted into St. Peter's Church. In 1579, under Ottoman rule, İbrahim Bey of the Ramazanoğlu rebuilt the Grand Mosque in its current location. Along with the single-minaret mosque, the nearby St. Paul's Church and the Tarsus Clock Tower, which was formerly the base of the original mosque's minaret, complete the historic fabric of the area. The ceremonial entrance to the mosque is decorated with black and white marble, while in the courtyard is shaded by 16 small domes, the sound of the splashing water in the central fountain reminds visitors of the humble peace of a sacred place.