Antakya, Hatay Province Turkey

From Yilan Castle (Yılankale) to Antalya

From Snake Castle to Antakya, and arrived at the resutourant “Sultan Sofrasi” in Antakya.

Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey. It has a population of about 250,000.

 Street of Antakya

Street in Antakya

After lunch, going to the Archaeological Museum.

After lunch, walking around streets in Antakya.

Antakya is located on the banks of the Orontes River, approximately 22 km inland from the Mediterranean coast.

 Orontes River

Orontes River

Orontes is a northward flowing river starting in Lebanon and flowing through Syria and Turkey before entering the Mediterranean.

Old houses of Antakya

Old houses of Antakya (Left photo is from the brochure.)

The old houses of Antakya carry the characteristics of the houses dominating the North Syrian and East Mediterranean region. The houses are built with stones and adobe, with the front porches facing south and west in most cases.

Habibi Neccar Cami and its entrance

Habibi Neccar Cami and its entrance

The Mosque of Habib Neccar was originally the Church of John the Baptist. It was transformed into a mosque after the Islamic occupation.

Courtyard of Habibi Neccar Cami

Courtyard of Habibi Neccar Cami

The oldest mosque in present-day Turkey, this mosque is small but really beautiful.

Interior of Habibi Neccar Mosque

Interior of Habibi Neccar Mosque

After this, I went to the Archaeological Museum of Antakya.

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