Adamkayalar

Adamkayalar (literally "man-rocks") is a location in Mersin Province, Turkey famous for rock carved figures.

Geography

Adamkayalar is on the southerm slopes of the Toros Mountains only several kilometers north of the Kızkalesi and Mediterranean coastline at about 36°31′30″N 34°03′15″E / 36.52500°N 34.05417°E / 36.52500; 34.05417. Distance to Kızkalesi, the coastline town is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), to Silifke is 32 kilometres (20 mi) and to Mersin is 66 kilometres (41 mi). Kızkalesi is on the Datça-Mersin highway. To reach Adamkayalar the travellers have to follow an asphalt village road of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi). But the last 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of the path which detaches from the village road, leads to a gorge named Şeytanderesi. The rest of the road is impassable by the motor vehicles and in order to reach the rocks the explorers should climb down.

Figures

On the rocks facing the gorge, there are carved figures in 9 niches. These are the figures of 11 males, 4 females and 2 children and 1 ibex. (The name Adamkayalar means Men-rocks) On pediment, there are also the figures of Roman eagles (Aquila). [1] No document exists about the origin of the figures. But these figures are probably from the second century AD.[2]

References

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