Adamkayalar

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Adamkayalar (literally "man-rocks") is a location in Mersin Province, Turkey famous for rock carved figures.

Geography[edit]

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Adamkayalar is on the southerm slopes of the Toros Mountains only several kilometers north of the Kızkalesi and Mediterranean coastline at about 36°31′30″N 34°03′15″E / 36.52500°N 34.05417°E / 36.52500; 34.05417. Distance to Kızkalesi, the coastline town is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), to Silifke is 32 kilometres (20 mi) and to Mersin is 66 kilometres (41 mi). Kızkalesi is on the Datça-Mersin highway. To reach Adamkayalar the travellers have to follow an asphalt village road of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi). But the last 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of the path which detaches from the village road, leads to a gorge named Şeytanderesi. The rest of the road is impassable by the motor vehicles and in order to reach the rocks the explorers should climb down.

Figures[edit]

On the rocks facing the gorge, there are carved figures in 9 niches. These are the figures of 11 males, 4 females and 2 children and 1 ibex. (The name Adamkayalar means Men-rocks) On pediment, there are also the figures of Roman eagles (Aquila). [1] No document exists about the origin of the figures. But these figures are probably from the second century AD.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silifke governor's page (Turkish)
  2. ^ See for an image