Dikilitaş, Mersin

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Dikilitaş is the name of a rock monument and a neighbourhood of Mersin, Turkey named after the monument.


Both the settlement and the monument are in Mersin municipality area. But the monument is secluded in the citrus gardens at about 36°51′04″N 34°39′26″E / 36.85111°N 34.65722°E / 36.85111; 34.65722Coordinates: 36°51′04″N 34°39′26″E / 36.85111°N 34.65722°E / 36.85111; 34.65722. The road from the city center to the monument is about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi). The settlement is situated slightly to the north of the monument.[1]


In Turkish Dikilitaş means obelisk. Dikilitaş in Mersin was a triumph monument and it was erected by the Assyrian king Sennacherib after his victory against Dorians in 696 BC. When erected, the monument was on the ancient road to Tarsus and probably it was in the urban fabric of the ancient city of Anchiale.[2]

Up to 2004, the settlement of Dikilitaş was a village named Bekirde[1] After 2004 it was included in the metropolitan municipality of Mersin as a neighbourhood of the city. It was renamed after the monument.

Technical details[edit]

The monument is actually a rectangular conglomerate 15 metres (49 ft) high, with a base area of 4 × 2 m2 (6 × 12 ft2).[1] Its marble cover (and possibly the sculpture on the monument) since had been ruined.

A legend[edit]

According to a popular legend there were two struggling families one in Tarsus and the other in Silifke. The families made peace and the daughter of the Tarsus family and the son of the Silifke family got married. But after the bride’s brother died because of natural causes in Silifke, the head of the Silifke family travelled to Tarsus to give the bad news. However, before reaching to Tarsus he met with the head of the Tarsus family on the spot where the monument is. The monument was erected by the sad father.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Arik, Osman; Çalışkan, Mehmet; Aydın, Ayşe; Aydınoğlu, Ümit; Kerem, Filiz, eds. (2009) [2007]. 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). p. 30. 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.
  2. ^ Yumuktepe page (by Şahin Özkan)
  3. ^ Legend page (in Turkish)