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Tucked away in the lemon groves
Elaiussa Sebaste
Anatolia's best preserved necropolis, the ancient city of Elaiussa Sebaste in the southern province of Mersin also boasts a small theater and a host of lovely reliefs.

The mountainous terrain between Alanya and Mersin, so-called Cilicia Tracheia or Rough Cilicia, is extremely rich in ruins and other archaeological findings. The countless cities on the arid slopes of the Taurus along the Mediterranean coast between the townships of Silifke and Erdemli are fairly teeming with monumental tombs and elaborately carved rocks and sarcophagi. The ancient city of Elaiussa Sebaste, 55 km from Mersin and, according to some historians, the gateway through which the olive entered Turkey, is just one of the many surviving ruins in this region.

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