Photographer's Note

Adana is the fourth largest city of Turkey, after Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir and has a population of over 2 million. The city is located in the middle of the highly fertile Çukurova, the ancient Cilician plain deposited by the rivers Seyhan and Ceyhan. Due to this fact, Adana has always been an important city and agricultural center, described in the books of the famous Turkish novelist Yaşar Kemal. In more recent years the city has also developed as a large industrial centre. Adana's wealth led to a rapid and chaotic growth and nearly all of the old neighbourhoods have been demolished. The high temperature and humidity make it less popular for tourism. However, Adana has the only commercial airport in the region and was the starting point of our trip along Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Adana's most prominent monument is the Sabancı Merkez Camii, an enormous beatiful new six-minareted mosque whose white marble reflection sparkles in the Seyhan river. The mosque was built by the industrial magnate Sakip Sabancı and was opened in 1999. It is second in size only to the Sülemaniye Camii in Istanbul. It is crowned by a 51 metre high dome and provides space for 30,000 worshippers. The inside decoration tries to copy Istanbul's Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Camii).

Among the other noteworthy buildings are the Ulu Cami or Great Mosque and next to it the Ramazanoğlu Türbesi. The Ulu Cami was built in 1507 by Halil Bey emir of the Ramazanoğlu Turks in a typical Syrian style. Unfortunately both were closed at the moment of our visit.

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  • Copyright: Oguz Kan POLAT (polatkaan2000) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 62 N: 28] (239)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-10-24
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4.8
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-04-13 11:28
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