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Narlıkuyu bay
Narlıkuyu bay
Narlıkuyu is located in Turkey
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]


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.


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


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.

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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]