Adana, Southern Turkey

One day, I flew to Adana in Turkey from Tokyo, via Istanbul.

Istanbul Airpoat, Fright to Adana and Adana Airpoat

Istanbul Airport, Fright to Adana and Adana Airport

Arrived at Adana - Sürmeli Hotel

Arrived at Adana – Sürmeli Hotel

Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. The city is situated on the Seyhan River, 35 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea, in south-central Anatolia. It is the administrative seat of the Adana Province and has a population of 1.71 million, making it the fifth most populous city in Turkey.

Adana area map

Adana area map

Adana is distribution centers such as cotton, wheat, grape, citrus fruit and olive, and the textile industry, food processing are prosperous. In the last years of Ottoman Empire, 1909, Armenian holocaust happened, approximately 30, 000 people were slaughtered.

View of Adana City, from hotel room

View of Adana City, from hotel room

The next morning, taking a walk around the hotel.

The next morning, taking a walk around the hotel.

Early-morning, baker’s shops in Adana

Early-morning, baker’s shops in Adana

After breakfast, I was going to the Mosque called Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) Adana.

Street view on the way to Ulu Cami

Street view on the way to Ulu Cami

Arrived at the mosque, Ulu Cami Adana. There is a vendor who sells bait of pigeon. It's not clean.

Arrived at the mosque, Ulu Cami Adana. There is a vendor who sells bait of pigeon. It’s not clean.

Ulu Cami Adana

Ulu Cami Adana

Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque) is a 16th-century mosque in Adana. It forms part of a complex that includes a madrasah (theological college of the Islam) and a mausoleum (grave of royal family. The buildings are on the Kızılay Street, next to the Ramazanoğlu Hall.

Eastern entrance and minaret

Eastern entrance and minaret

The construction of the Ulu Cami was began in 1513 by Ramazanoğlu Halil Bey and completed by his son and successor, Piri Mehmet Paşa, in 1541.

Courtyard of the Great Mosque (Ulu Cami)

Courtyard of the Great Mosque (Ulu Cami)

The interior of the mosque and the royal tombs

The interior of the mosque and the royal tombs

Left the mosque and going into the garden of madrasah Ulu Cami. (Madrasah is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution.) The madrasah is on the east side of the mosque.

Gate of the madrasah

Gate of the madrasah

Fountain of the Madrasah

Fountain of the Madrasah

This courtyard is quiet, clean and full green, very comfortable.

Courtyard of the Madrasah

Courtyard of the Madrasah

Outside of the madrasah

Outside of the madrasah

There is a café between the Great Mosque and the madrasah. Local old men are enjoying Turkish tea or coffee.

There is a café outside of the Madrasah Ulu Cami, when I turn the camera towards the café, droll old man posed for a photo.

There is a café outside of the Madrasah Ulu Cami, when I turn the camera towards the café, droll old man posed for the photo.

I said to him “Thenks! Güle güle!” and left for Taşköprü (Roman Bridge) and Sabancı Central Mosque.

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