Yanıkhan

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Yanıkhan
Yanıkhan.jpg
Basilica in Yanıkhan
Yanıkhan is located in Turkey
Yanıkhan
Shown within Turkey
Location Erdemli, Mersin Province, Turkey
Region Mediterranean Region
Coordinates 36°35′N 34°12′E / 36.583°N 34.200°E / 36.583; 34.200Coordinates: 36°35′N 34°12′E / 36.583°N 34.200°E / 36.583; 34.200
Type Settlement
History
Periods Byzantine Empire

Yanıkhan is an archaeological site in Mersin Province, Turkey.

Geography[edit]

Yanıkhan is situated in the rural area of Erdemli district which is rich in archaeological ruins. It is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northwest of Limonlu town. It is to the east of Limonlu-Esenpınar road and west of Limonlu River at about 36°35′N 34°12′E / 36.583°N 34.200°E / 36.583; 34.200. Its distance to Erdemli is 18 kilometres (11 mi) and to Mersin is 54 kilometres (34 mi).

History[edit]

The original name of the site is not known. But according to archaeological evidence it is a 5th and 6th century Byzantine site. First reference to its existence was by Professor Michael Gough in 1959.[1]

Archaeology[edit]

Yanıkhan was a village. There are more than 30 house ruins. The most important building is a basilica. Although the houses are completely demolished a part of the basilica survives. In addition to main abscissa there are two minor abscissas. There are two sarcophagi. One may be an arcosolium which may belong to a certain Georgios Konon Chrisyophoros who, according to an inscription, was the commissioner of the basilica. . There is also a cistern next to the basilica.[2] 100 metres (330 ft) to the east of the basilica there is another church (called Church B by the archaeologists).

Reference[edit]

  1. ^ Anatolian Studies
  2. ^ Mersin Valiliği: Mersin Ören yerleri, Kaleleri, Müzeleri, İstanbul, 2009, ISBN 978-605-4196-07-4, p 169