Tourism stamps from Turkey

April 14th, 2013

This year the traditional "Tourism" stamp issue by Turkish post is dedicated to Antalya and its curiosities.

Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera.

Antalya was the world's fourth most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, with 10.5 million annual visitors.

Historic sites of the city are:

-          Kaleici: the historical center of the city.

-          Ancient Monuments: include the City Walls, Hidirlik Tower, Hadrian's Gate (also known as Triple Gate), and the Clock Tower.

-          Hadrian's Gate: constructed in the 2nd century by the Romans in honor of the Emperor Hadrian.

-          Iskele Mosque: A 19th century Mosque near the Marina.

-          Karatay Medrese: A Medrese (Islamic theological seminary) built in 1250 by Emir Celaleddin Karatay.

-          Kesik Minare (Broken Minaret) Mosque: Once a Roman temple then converted to a Byzantine Panaglia church and finally into a mosque.

-          Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque: An 18th-century Mosque built in honor of Tekeli Mehmet Pasa.

-          Yat Limanı: the harbour dating to Roman era.

Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret) Mosque: Built by the Seljuks and decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles, this minaret eventually became the symbol of the city.

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