Alanya with its sea, sandy beaches and rich historical past, is a district which belongs I to Antalya provision, has an excellent nature and has been located between Antalya and Mersin. In addition to that, It is a real tourism town which presents wonderful comfort and senice to coming tourists with its high quality pensions and tourism-travel agencies.

Having been named Korakesion in Archaic ages, Alanya had been settled in IV. Century B.C. Its another name is “Goat Fortress” and has city ramparts of 8 km length. There are some buildings such as Bedesten Kale Camii (Bedesten Fortress Mosque), Sultan Tekkesi (Prince Dervish Lodge), Tophane in the boundaries of the Fortress. The tower located in South-West of the ramparts has an interesting story. According to this story, a person who had sentenced to capital punishment have a last chance that if he could throw a stone from the rampart to Sea, then he could be forgiven. Although, throwing a stone away is seen as an easy action, in fact, it is so diffucult to achieve. Therefore, at the end of the unsuccesfull trials of sentenced people, they have been killed by throwing them to sea from the ramparts. Today, the tourists visiting Alanya Fortress, have been keeping this traditional stone throwing action. In 1200’s, the trade ships which had been coming from Syria and Egypt by following the coast always, had drawn near to Alanya and their cargo had been discharged here, the the goods had been transported to Middle Region of Anatolia. However, most of the ships had been attacked by pirates and their goods had been looted during their travels. The Seljuks Empire whose capital city had been Konya had been very disturbed for this case. In a turn, Seljuks ships had been attacked by pirates and their goods had been looted and the seamen had been tortured by pirates. This event had been the last one that had brought Seljuks patience come to end. Just after the death of the Seljuks Emperor of Keykavus, Alaaittin Keykobat who had taken his throne, had achieved the security in Mediterranean Sea and had taken the trade ships under close control in 1219. In this period, the old name of Korakesion had been changed, and it had been started to be called as Alaiye. By the time passing, it has now been called as Alanya.

Except from the Fortress, the Damlaias. Cave which is famous for stalactites and stalagmites, and Kızıl Kule (Red Tower) which had been used as shipyard are the places that are to be visited.

Kizil Kule which had been constructed using red bricks by Alaaddin Keykobat in 1225 has a height of 33 meters has a pretty view to back plan of the city both daytime and nighttime.

At the west side of city ramparts, Damlatas. Cave has heen located and it has a history of 15.000 years. For the whole year, the temperature is constant between 22° and 23°, the humidity range is between 80 % and 98 %, so that, this causes an excellent environment for the treatment of the people who has asthma. Having been transformed into the symbol of Alanya, Damlaias Cave fascinates the visitors with its stalactites and stalagmites.

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