Sebil, Mersin

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Sebil
Town
Sebil is located in Turkey
Sebil
Sebil
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°08′N 34°34′E / 37.133°N 34.567°E / 37.133; 34.567Coordinates: 37°08′N 34°34′E / 37.133°N 34.567°E / 37.133; 34.567
Country  Turkey
Province Mersin Province
District Çamlıyayla
Elevation 1,100 m (3,600 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 2,120
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 33590
Area code(s) 0324
Licence plate 33

Sebil is a town in Mersin Province, Turkey.

Geography[edit]

Sebil is a part of Çamlıyayla district which in turn is a part of Mersin Province. Distance between Sebil and Çamlıyayla is 6 km (3.7 mi). Sebil is located on southern slopes of Toros Mountains at 37°08′N 34°34′E / 37.133°N 34.567°E / 37.133; 34.567. The average altitude is about 1,100 m (3,600 ft). The country about Sebil is chiefly formed of conglomerate and limestone. Just west of the town there is a canyon, approximately 400 m (1,300 ft) deep. The canyon had been formed by the rivulet Cehennem Deresi which is a tributary of Berdan River. The population of the town was 2120 as of 2012 [1]

History[edit]

Five centuries ago the nomadic Oghuz Turks (also called Yörük) used this location as their summer camps (so called yayla) . They called the location Sebil meaning free (i.e., no rent for the camp). In later years observing the winter was not harsh, eventually they chose the area as their permanent settlement.[2] Sebil was declared a township in 1972.

Economy[edit]

Sebil produces fresh fruits and vegetables. A secondary economic acrivity is animal husbandry. Domestic tourism in the canyon also seems promising with challenging tracking courses and game animals in the dense forest.

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