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Ancient city of Diocaesarea-Olba

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Address: Merkez Uzuncaburc Koyu, Silifke, Mersin, Turkey
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+90 324 714 1019

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Nice half-day trip

This ancient ruin sits quietly next to a small town - the drive up there was easy, things are well preserved there. We went in late November, weather was good, temperature was... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2016
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

This ancient ruin sits quietly next to a small town - the drive up there was easy, things are well preserved there. We went in late November, weather was good, temperature was comfortable; since it was off season, we were the only visitors there, which was pretty awesome. If you happen to be near Silifke and are up for a... More 

Thank Sundaisun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

After a long bus ride in searing heat, this place was well worth the journey. You get a sense of history and feel for how the area has been shaped by the events surrounding this area. Good information from the guide. You should make ure you take plenty of water as it is very hot in the open

Thank alwyn j
Izmir Province, Turkey
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

If you are in Silifke, you should visit here and Haiga Tekla.There is a museum in city center too. I prefer to walk here in sunny weather.

Thank Semiramis Ç
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2015

The area where this ancient city is located, is very rich of roman historical ruins. Beautiful! We were constantly surprised by small historical carvings, building blocks, ancient walls. This is the best historical site during my exploration in Southern Turkey. I wish to see the intact area however some local houses were built around this ancient city.

Thank Lanni_12
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2015

We came to Uzuncaburc and were surprised by how well preserved the city was...but even moreso by the lack of other tourists. We loved the amphitheatre and took turns acting on stage! The temple was very impressive and our tour guides gave great information about how it changed uses over the years. I really recommend a visit to Uzuncaburc!

Thank gazzy_j
Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

We have been travelling Turkey for 5 weeks and after awhile you get "ruined" out. During the previous week we saw Aspendos which had been beautifully restored. Our group of seven all enjoyed seeing the theatre at Uzuncaburc which appears to have very little restoration but is in great condition. If you are in the Silifke area take the half... More 

3 Thank Victor H
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Reviewed 16 March 2015 via mobile

It is veryinteresting how contemporary village Uzuncaburc growed up on ruins of Diocaesarea. Some parts of collums are incorporated in wall of houses here. It is necessary to have car to visit this place. Wirking hours are between 9 and 17, but it means that in this time you will pay the entrance fee 5 liras, you can visit the... More 

2 Thank Vladimíra Š
Mersin, Turquie
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

usually sites at west of Mersin are dating from the Roman period. There and on the way it is interesting to see some ruins going back to pre-helenistic periods

Thank Umitiris
Adana, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2012

So much to see in one location which is all listed in the title and more. One of the roman towers has been restored, so you can see the many levels and chambers in it, quite impressive compared to any others I have seen. There are also vendors/locals selling variouse items next to the ruins, so make sure to have... More 

3 Thank Corrine R
Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

I recommend everyone visiting the Silifke, Tarsus, Kizkalesi area to visit Uzuncaburc (Olba Diocaesarea). Driving up from the coastline you'll pass by some beautiful monumental graves (Demirci Anit mezari). The temple in Uzuncaburc is well preserved and the stone masonry is beautiful and detailed, on some of the pieces you can still spot the original coloring. Have also some kenger... More 

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