Welcome to Alanya

Alanya is a seaside resort city in the Mediteranian region of Turkey, which is in Antalya province. It have beautiful scenery with Taurus mountain at the north and the Mediteranian sea at the south. Yes, Alanya is far from Istanbul which is 15 hours by bus. But if you want to get hurry to be in Alanya, you can reach by plane to Gazipaşa airport (from Istanbul) about 1 hour.

Welcome to Alanya and enjoy its beauty.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Winter is Still Here

Spring greeted by sad face of the sky.
The wind rages joking with the sky.
Black clouds pour out His gifts, bedabble the earth.
I think, cold is not going to go from the northern globe.
Winter is still here

Alanya, Sunday noon
29 March 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bedesten of the Castle

Location: near to the tomb of Akşebe, beside the Mecvettin Cistern

It was the covered market and used to be Caravansary (inn). It has 26 rooms, and a courtyard that is 35 metres long and 13 metres wide.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Searching for the Tomb of Akşebe Sultan

It was end of summer last year, I and daughter went to Alanya castle again. This time for visitng the tomb of Akşebe Sultan. I read informations about location of this tomb on the internet. As usually I went to castle, I get on the bus no. 4 from the centrum. This time, I stop the bus at the junction that sign "Suleymaniye Cami".

I know Suleymaniye Cami and Bedesten. According to the infos, this tomb located near to Bedesten. But it was not easy to find this tomb :( We were lost.

Then we were to the junction again, carefully looking the signs of the arrow. But there is a missing chain I think. The arrows took us to the gate of inner castle. Walking back down.....finally we discover the tomb of Akşebe Sultan.

Here are the pics...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Alanya View from TEPE (The Peak)

It was Saturday (September 6th, 2014), I and daughter went to Tepe (the peak) by bus No. 5. Cloudy afternoon and the rain welcoming us at the top. It is 4 km distance from our home to Tepe. We were planning to have walking to our house from Tepe. We did it. But in the halfway, my husband's friend took us in her car. Lucky to get on that car. A few minutes later it was raining when we got home.

Here are the gorgeous view of Alanya that I took from Tepe :)

Halfway to home, 2 km to go

Halfway to home, 2 km to go

Halfway to home, 2 km to go

Alanya City Tips 3 - Alanya Castle

Alanya Castle consist of inner and outer. To enter the inner castle, you must buy a ticket that price 15 TL (year 2014). Whereas to explore the outer part is free. There are many places to visit at the outer castle. Those are as follows:

Ruins of Selçuk Hamam

Located just near to the gate of inner castle

Ruins of Tower

Walking down from hamam to the Tomb of Akşebe Sultan, you can see this ruins.

Tomb of Akşebe Sultan

Traditional Handcrafts Center
Located in front of Tomb of Akşebe Sultan

Mecvettin Sarnıcı / Cistern

Entrance to the cistern

Located beside Mecvettin Cistern

Sulemaniye Cami

Front side of Suleymaniye Cami

Back side of  Suleymaniye Cami

Culture House

Located behind Suleymaniye Cami

Located Near to Suleymaniye Cami

Ehmedek's Entrance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Shades of Sunrise 1

pic taken from my balcony, this morning around 6

pic taken from my balcony, this morning around 6

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Alanya City Tips 2 - Where to Visit

The main place to visit is Alanya Castle. It is very easy to reach from city center (centrum). You can go by bus or on foot.

By bus: You can go on bus No. 4. from city center
On foot: You can go trough Işkele Cad. then up to Tophane mah. Walk through the narrow streets that seems like labyrinth. Be careful that you might be lost in there :D But it is fun.

My suggestion:
Going there by bus No. 4. Going back on foot through the labyrinth of Tophane (Tophane mah.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hasanağalar Konağı

In the year 2008, I was post a picture of old house that located at 25 Metrelik Yol (Sevket Tokus Cad.). That house would collapse if were not restored. Last year, City government was restoring that house. It is finish this year on April.

This house is Hasanağalar Konağı. This is one of the old houses that are protected by city government.

I took this picture last week, Dec 5th, 2014.
There is sign writing Hasanağalar Konağı

I took this picture on April 2014 when the restoration is just finished.
The sign writing Hasanağalar Konağı have not been attach.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lost in Labyrinth of Tophane

Tophane is one of district in Alanya. It is located on the peninsula where Alanya castle stands. 

I went to Tophane in the end of the spring this year. Although I live in Alanya since 2005 but this is the first time for me to have adventure in Tophane.

After excursion at citadel with my daughter, we decide to walk down to Tophane that located at the lower part of the peninsula. We went there to visit the old mosques that located in Tophane.

I didn't know that narrow streets in Tophane are look like the same one to each other. It's like a labyrinth. We got lost for few times in the mission to visit the mosques.

But finally we can visit Andızlı Mosque and Tahta Minareli Mosques after asking for directions to some people there.

Best view from Tophane

Ruins of the old church

The labyrinth started

on the way to Andızlı Mosque, we can see the minaret

on the way to tahta minareli mosque

on the way to tahta minareli mosque

Beside Tahta Minareli Mosque

Near to Tahta Minareli Mosque

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