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Several Monuments of the Tarsus’s Deep History

The Grotto of Seven Sleepers

The cave is 300 square meters large and 10 meters high. There are three tunnels in the cave. It is known as the Grotto of Seven Sleepers, although there are many similar caves in many other places known by the same name, the most famous of them being near Ephesus, Turkey.

Next to the entrance of the cave, the Ottaman Sultan Abdulaziz ordered a small mosque to be built in 1873. This is an interesting mosque with two minarets, one of them tall the other short! The cave located on high ground near the village of Ulas, 14 kilometers northwest of Tarsus. Since it is located on high ground, the spot has a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The cave is considered ‘sacred’ by both Christians and Muslims.

Makam-ı Şerif Mosque and Prophet Daniel’s Tomb

It is believed that Prophet Daniel is buried inside this mosque. That is why the mosque is called Makam-ı Şerif, roughly translated into English it means ‘Sublime Place.’

The mosque is located northwest of Kubat Pasha Madrasa. Although the mosque was built in 1857, annexed were added to it in later years.

Ulu Mosque

This mosque in the southern part of the town was built in 1579 when Tarsus was a principality ruled by the Ramazanoğlu family. The building of the mosque is attributed to a certain Ibrahim Bey, the son of Piri Pasha.

The mosque is also known by the name ‘Heavenly Light’ and the neighborhood where it is located carries this name. The mosque is built on the ruins of St. Pierre Church in the traditional Seljukite style with a single-balcony minaret.

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