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Travel Tips to Adana (ADA)
Attractions in Adana: Between the modern and the traditional!
With more than 1.6 million inhabitants, Adana is Turkey’s fifth biggest city. The Mediterranean Sea is 40 kilometres away so beach and swimming trips can be made easily using the regular bus connections. There is an extensive bus network within the city and there is also an underground line. The metropolis is also a centre of the Turkish textile industry and as a result there is a huge choice of attractive clothes at very affordable prices, so take a flight to Adana now.
Relaxing walks at the Seyhan Dam
The Seyhan Dam is a popular excursion destination. It was constructed within three years in the middle of the 20th century, with a 53.2 metre high embankment. A huge lake with an area of 63 square kilometres and a volume of 800 million cubic metres of water was created. The purposes of the construction are irrigation, flood defence and electricity generation. The paths around the banks of the lake are beautifully green, allowing long walks with views across the seemingly endless expanse of water. The many restaurants and cafes offer traditional food including the delicious “Adana kebab”: a chopped meat skewer considered a speciality of the city whose names it bears.
Rare Turkish exhibits in the Archaeological Museum
The archaeological museum of Adana has some very interesting displays. It has been in existence since 1924; although it had to relocate twice before arriving in its current location. You will see unique exhibits as soon as you enter the yard; like the Lion Gate from the Hittite era. There are magnificently ornate caskets and altars on display. The numerous sarcophagi on the lowest floor are some of the most outstanding pieces; one of which came from the ancient city of Augusta, which was flooded when the Seyhan Dam was built. Another highlight is the coin collection from the Lydian era, which represents one of the first monetary currencies in the world.
Sabanci Central Mosque – masterpiece of modern architecture
At a height of 99 metres, the minarets of the Sabanci Central Mosque can be seen from afar. Just as eye-catching are the five domes, the largest of which has a diameter of 32 metres. From the outside, there is a similarity with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The interior may remind you of the Selimiye Mosque in the Turkish city of Edirne. Construction of the Central Mosque took ten years, and it was opened in 1998. It was financed by one of the richest families in the country - from which it gets its name – as well as countless donations. The impressive building can be visited outside of prayer times. Book your flights to Adana with FlyDoha and enjoy the modern and the traditional at the same time!