Narlıkuyu

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Narlıkuyu
Town
Narlıkuyu bay
Narlıkuyu bay
Narlıkuyu is located in Turkey
Narlıkuyu
Narlıkuyu
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°27′N 34°07′E / 36.450°N 34.117°E / 36.450; 34.117Coordinates: 36°27′N 34°07′E / 36.450°N 34.117°E / 36.450; 34.117
Country  Turkey
Province Mersin Province
District Silifke
Elevation 25 m (83 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,786
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 33940
Area code(s) 0324
Licence plate 33
Three graces

Narlıkuyu is a small coastal town in Mersin Province, Turkey. (The name of the town means pomegranate well.)[1]

Geography[edit]

Narlıkuyu at 36°27′N 34°7′E / 36.450°N 34.117°E / 36.450; 34.117 is situated on the Mediterranean coast, located 65 kilometres (40 mi) south west of Mersin. It is a part of Silifke district which is in turn a part of Mersin Province. It is on the Mersin Antalya highway between two districts of Mersin; Erdemli and Silifke.

The town has many popular fishing restaurants,[2] located around a small bay famous for its unusually cool and fresh water, fed by underground freshwater streams.

Administration[edit]

The township was established in 1994 with the fusion of several small villages. The population is 2786 (2011 est.)[3]

History[edit]

A church ruin in Hasanaliler neighbourhood of Narlıkuyu

The name of Narlıkuyu was Porto Calamie during Roman Empire. A small 4th century building, once part of a bath and baptism complex financed by Poimenios of Corycus, survives to the present.[4](Corycus, now called Kızkalesi, is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) east of Porto Calamie.)

An inscription at the building's entrance reads:

Dear Visitor, if you wonder who has discovered this miraculous water, know that he is Poimenios, the friend of the emperors and the honest administrator of the holy islands..[5]

Probably the said emprerors were Arcadius (378-408) and Honorius (384-423). The holy islands are the Princes' Islands of Marmara.

The building is now a museum. The floor mosaic depicts three Graces; Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia, and a couple of partridges and doves. The local name of the mosaic is Üç Güzeller (English: Three beauites) The mosaic refers to the mitological story of baptism of Aphrodite.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Narlıkuyu, a is read as o in know, ı is read as o in open and u is read as oo in soon.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Statistical Institute page
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]