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Adana Mosaic MuseumThe Misis Mosaic Museum is situated on the city's far east end at the west bank of Ceyhan River. It exhibits mosaics that were on the floor of a fourth century temple in the ancient city of Misis. Exhibit include mosaic depictions of Noah and the 23 birds and poultry that he took to his ark during the flood. The museum also exhibits the works that were excavated from Misis Tumulus. At the museum various periods can be viewed in chronological order and floor mosaics belonging to a Basilica located within the boundaries of the Misis Ancient City is exhibited in situ. It was discovered in 1956 and the mosaic covered area was revealed by Theodor Bosset and Ludwig Budde from the German Archaeology Team who were carrying out excavations at that time at the Misis Mound. At the very centre of the composition there is a chicken coop built in the shape of a table or a side table surrounded by 23 birds or fowls taken by Noah onto his ship and behind this group there are various wild and domestic animals. It is from the 4th century. Misis Mosaic Museum has been enriched with the transfer of works which were taken to the Adana Archeological Museum after the Misis Mound excavations and the mosaics which were previously kept there, and by bringing together the dispersed architectural elements found around the Misis.

Misis Mozaic Museum
Yakapınar Beldesi, Yüreğir
Telephone: +90322 454 38 55
FAX: +90322 454 38 56

Adana Mosaic MuseumThe Adana Archaeological Museum was opened in 1924 and is one of the oldest ten museums in Turkey. It moved to its current location at the west corner of Seyhan Bridge in 1972. The museum exhibits archeological works from all over Çukurova such as two Augustus statues from the Hittites, an Achilles Sarcophagus depicting the Trojan War and statues from the ancient cities of Magarsus and Augusta. The museum which houses historical heritage from Adana as well as the whole Çukurova region, was established just after the formation of the Republic in 1924. The museum initially started with the collection of the columns, column capitals and sarcophagi found in the vicinity of the Police Department. Alyanakzade Halil Kamil Bey from Adana was appointed as a museum director and thanks to his successful work and extraordinary efforts and performance the accumulated material was moved to the Medrese section of the no longer existing Cafer Pasha Mosque in 1928 and then opened to the public. The museum was moved to the building presently occupied by the Ethnography Museum at Kuruköprü in 1950. Material from the early ages of Çukurova which was discovered during the excavations carried out at Tarsus - Gözlükule in 1934, İçel - Yumuktepe in 1936, Ceyhan - Sirkeli in 1938 and Yüreğir - Misis in 1958 is on exhibit at the museum. The museum eventually was filled to the brim with the ethnographic material collected by the Museum Director Ali Rıza Yalman (Yalkın) during the investigations he carried out between 1933 – 1940. The Adana Archaeological Museum was the only museum of the region with material obtained either through purchases or court decisions from a large area reaching from Kahramanmaraş to Gaziantep. The Adana Archaeological Museum moved to its current premises on 7 January 1972.

Adana Archeological Museum
Seyhan Caddesi, Adana
Telephone: +90322 454 38 55
FAX: +90322 454 38 56

Adana Mosaic MuseumAn abandoned church in the city centre at Kuruköprü, which was built in 1845, was made a museum after 1924. The transfer of the material to a new museum building in 1972 allowed the church to be restored and has been used as the Ethnography Museum since 1983. The Adana Ethnography Museum was opened in 1983 after the Archeological Museum moved to its new location. In the front and back yard there are epitaphs and gravestones of Adana's leading figures of 17th century. On the west yard there are inscriptions of Taşköprü, Misis Bridge, old City Hall and the Bahripaşa Fountain. Inside, there are clothes, jewelery and weaponry of Yörük villagemen. In the southern and northern sections, female and male tomb stones in the Ottoman tradition from the 17th century are displayed including plain, coin headed, mecidiye type stones as well as stones with crowns shaped as fez, turban or in the baroque style. Tomb stones of some prominent people such as the Governor of Adana, Süleyman Paşazade Ahmet Pasha, the Local Administrator of Karaisali, Hasan Fevzi Bey, The Military Governor of Adana, Miratizade İbrahim Bey, the Treasure of Adana, Mustafa Bey of Sophia, the Chief Forest Inspector Akif Efendi can be found among the collection. In the western section, inscriptions from the Turkish-Islamic works are exhibited. The most prominent examples among them are the restoration inscriptions of Misis Inn, Adana Governor's Bureau, Bahripaşa Fountain, Taşköprü (the Stone Bridge), Misis Bridge and the Ottoman State Seal.

Adana Etnography Museum
Ziyapaşa Bulvarı No.114
Telephone: +90322 352 24 17

Adana Mosaic MuseumSabancı Central Mosque - Turkish: Sabancı Merkez Camii is not particularly historical, but it is the most visited mosque in Adana and is one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Built in loyalty to Ottoman architecture, the mosque was opened to service in 1998 to a capacity of 28,500 devotees. Sabancı Central Mosque is built at the intersection of the main railway lines and roads that connect Adana to the surrounding cities and towns. It has almost become the symbol of the city with its high minarets visible from almost anywhere in the city. All of the painting and tile patterns in the mosque are those of Architect Nakkas M. Semih Irtes. The niche, pulpit, platform, entrance and other doors are all made of marble and they have been designed in the style that is seen in other classical Ottoman mosques that have been built by Nihat Kartal. The wooden doors are built in kundekari style by Ahmet Yilcay, the stained glass work was done by Abdulkadir Aydin, and the muqarnas works were done by Ali Turan. The minarets were built as armoured concrete which was produced by mixing white cement and crushed stone of ivory color. The internal and external illumination projections and the inner sound system were from Philips. There is also a central radio system built in the minaret by Aselsan by which sermons are made available to 275 mosques located within an area of 60 kilometers diameter from the mosque by a central broadcast system. On the west side of the Mosque, there is a classical as well as a digital library in a separate annex that is open to researchers and the general public.

Adana Mosaic MuseumYou can never really say you have been to Adana without frequenting a couple of the numerous Adana Kebab restaurants in the city. Adana Kebab can be found at almost all kebab restaurants in Turkey and at most Turkish restaurants around the world. But eating Kebab is Adana is an absolute must do. Adana Kebab is the most popular dining choice in Adana, although foods from other cultures are getting increasingly popular. Aside from the many Kebab restaurants, there are also many Kebab vendors on the older streets of Adana. Radish salad with tahini is also popular but is generally found only in the Çukurova region. Vegetable dishes are also popular in the city with tomato paste or pepper paste used in almost every dish. The city is also famous for its Şırdan - a kind of home-made sausage stuffed with rice with cumin, and Paça - boiled sheep's feet. The people of the Adana region have a passion for spicy hot food. But by far its best-known dish is the Adana Kebab. After your Kebab you must try Bicibici - diced semolina, rose water and sugar served with crushed ice. It is a very popular ice dessert consisting of sweetened peeled ice put on top of diced haytalya pieces - sweet semolina jelly and swimming in rose syrup. The peeled ice is then lightly soaked with different natural syrups for coloring. There are at least thirty-eight distinctive regional varieties of Turkish food or mutfaklar (kitchens) and when it comes to Adana Kebab and Bicibici there is really only one place to eat it - and that is in Adana.


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