Villa rustica from the east
|Location||Erdemli, Mersin Province, Turkey|
|Periods||early Byzantine Empire|
Üçayaklı ruins are on the plateau at the south of Toros Mountains with an altitude of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) between two Turkmen villages named Küstülü and Hüsametli in Erdemli district of Mersin Province. Although the site is in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, bird's flight distance to Mediterranean coast is 20 kilometres (12 mi) and highway distance to the main highway at the coast is 25 kilometres (16 mi). The total distance to Erdemli is about 30 kilometres (19 mi) and to Mersin is about 65 kilometres (40 mi).
The ruins are composed of two houses and a cistern. The big house is a two- or three-storey building with balconies and wide windows on the second floor. The building was a villa rustica during the Byzantine Empire period. The stone walls, interior coving and blind vaults as well as corbels to support the balconies survive. But the ceiling and floor structures which were wooden have been demolished. There is a wide downspout which leads the rain water to a cistern at the back of the house. (In the Mediterranean area such cisterns were common during the Roman times). One of the balconies was a toilet room with sewage drain. There is also a smaller house at the back which was probably a service building of the villa.
- Arik, Osman; Çalışkan, Mehmet; Aydın, Ayşe; Aydınoğlu, Ümit; Kerem, Filiz, eds. (2009) . Mersin: Ören Yerleri, Kaleleri, Müzeleri [Mersin: Oren Places, Castles, Museums] (in Turkish). Prepared by Filiz Kerem; Photographs by Selami Türk; Graphic design by Tanrtim Sanatlari (First ed.). Istanbul: Ekin Grubu (2007, first edition); İl Özel İdaresi (2009 edition). ISBN 978-605-4196-07-4. OCLC 805652523. ISBN (invalid as printed in first edition) 975-585-787-9. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014.