Cennet and Cehennem

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Cennet

Cennet and Cehennem (English: heaven and hell) are the names of two big sinkholes on the Toros Mountains, in Mersin Province, Turkey. The sinkholes are among the touristic attractions of the province.

Geography[edit]

Cennet and Cehennem are situated next to each other. Cennet is situated at 36°27′09″N 34°6′20″E / 36.45250°N 34.10556°E / 36.45250; 34.10556 Cehennem on the other hand is at 36°27′16″N 34°6′21″E / 36.45444°N 34.10583°E / 36.45444; 34.10583 . Both of them are in the rural area of Silifke district which in turn is a part of Mersin Province. They are accessible by a 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) all season open road from the main high way (D 400) . The highway distances are 22 kilometres (14 mi) to Silifke and 67 kilometres (42 mi) to Mersin. They are close to Narlıkuyu coastal town.

Cennet[edit]

The monastery

Top opening of Cennet is 250 x 110 m2 ( 820 x 360 ft2 ) and its average dept is 70 metres (230 ft). It is possible to reach the bottom of Cennet by a primitive staircase composed of 300 steps. At the bottom towards south, there is a smaller and 150 steps deeper cave. In this cave are the ruins of a monastery built in the 5th century by a certain Paulus and dedicated to Virgin Mary. In this monastery one can hear the sound of a small underground stream from the monastery to the gulf of Narlıkuyu.[1]

Cehennem[edit]

Cehennem is a deeper sinkhole with a depth of 128 metres (420 ft). But its top opening is smaller with dimensions 70 x 50 m2 ( 210 x 150 ft2 ) . More over, the upper edge of the opening is concave. So, it is impossible to reach the bottom of Cehennem.

Trivia[edit]

In mythology, Zeus kept Typhon temporarily in Cehennem before imprisoning him under Mount Etna.(see Corycian Cave)

References[edit]

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