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Hızır Plateau

Our route now takes us to an upland community living at the heart of nature. Head out south on the İslahiye-Hatay road towards the Hızır Plateau, which lies at the top of the Amanos Mountains, 20 km west of the town of Altınüzüm in the district of İslahiye. Before the road starts climbing into the Amanos Mountains, you pass through the fascinating village of Tandır with its traditional buildings.

The village, with its flat-roofed, adobe brick houses, sits in a valley between two mountains. To get to the Hızır Plateau behind Tandır village, you follow the winding road which climbs to the summit of the hill, and then drops down to the inner part of the plateau. After a 40 minute journey, the Hızır Plateau will appear in all its beauty. 

The stunning beauty of untouched nature is all around you; pine, cedar, spruce, plane, alder, juniper and fruit trees spread over a wide area. Streams fed by spring water and meltwater irrigate land used for growing fruit and vegetables.

The 1530 m high plateau was declared a Tourism Centre on 15/12/1994 by the Council of Ministers’ decision number 94/6345.

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Yesemek Tour and Alternative

  • Çolaklar Stone Bridge
    Yazan

    If you want to visit the ancient Roman bridge, head back towards the village of Yelliburun and as you pass the village of Şahmaran on your right, you will come to Çolaklar village. About 20 km from Yesemek Open Air Museum, and 1.5 km southeast of Çolaklar village, in an isolated spot in the middle of nowhere, lies a stone bridge, known as the Çolaklar Roman Stone Bridge. 

    The bridge, built over the Karasu brook, nowadays is only frequented by fishermen, shepherds and their flocks. On either side of the bridge there are the remains of a Roman road, also made from basalt stone. If you want to visit the bridge, the rocky terrain means you must be prepared to walk for about 500 m after you have parked your vehicle.

  • Muhammed Beledi Tomb
    Yazan

    The tomb of Muhammed Beledi can be found on Beledi Hill in the neighbourhood of Sam. In the second half of the 15th century, Muhammed Beledi, hearing about Sheikh Sam, comes to visit him. It is said that following this meeting, a strong bond develops between the two. 

  • Menzil Inn
    Yazan

    The recently restored Menzil Han is composed of two parts. Rough hewn limestone has been used on the exterior of the han.

     

  • Sof Plateau
    Yazan

    Continuing on towards Nurdağı, 5 km after the village of Yeşilce, head left and 7 km after the village of Işıklı you will come to the Sofdağı Plateau.

    The highest peak of the Sofdağ mountains is called Kepekçi Hill, where the air is pure and rich in oxygen. The Sofdağı Mountains are the source of more than 20 freshwater courses, such as Gerdek Spring, Cennet Spring and Börek Spring.

  • Hurşit Ağa Mansion
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    One km to the west of Sakçagözü Waterfall lies Hurşit Ağa Mansion which recently suffered damage in a fire rendering it unfit for use. The building was used as military quarters during the War of Independence and as a refuge for the Ottoman soldiers during the First World War.

  • Nurdağı Castle
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    After heading west for approximately 4 km on the old Adana road, you will come to Nurdağı Castle in the district of Nurdağı.

    In the castle there are ornamental ponds, model animals, a children’s play area, and a traditional nomad tent decorated with wooden carvings and set up like an authentic wedding hall to demonstrate the local culture.

  • Fevzipaşa Train Station
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    Continuing on towards the district of İslahiye in a southwesterly direction, you will see on the right the historical Fevzipaşa Train Station which is used to shelter retired trains. 

    The building was constructed by German engineers as part of the Hicaz (Hejaz) Railroad Project.

  • Çerçil Castle
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    If you want to leave the prescribed route and visit one of the region’s alternative cultural treasures, we recommend a climb to Çerçil Castle.

    Heading away from the village of Yelliburun in a westerly direction for 10 km, you will arrive at Çerçil Castle, which is situated 600 m southwest of Çerçil village, and sits at the top of a natural hill. Some of the important findings from the castle are coloured ceramic pieces, showing that the settlement dates from the Middle Ages. The road that stretches from the İslahiye plains to the inner side of the Amanos mountains passes through the footslopes of the hill on which the castle sits. This suggests that the castle, for a period, held a position of strategic importance. If you want to see the castle ruins at the top, you should be prepared for an arduous climb of approximately one hour through dense shrubland.

  • Sheikh Sam Tomb
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    In the centre of the neighbourhood of Sam lies the tomb of Abdurrahman Erzincani, known as Sheikh Sam. It is said that Yavuz Sultan Selim stayed near the village of Sam on his way to the Egyptian campaign, and whilst there, met Sheikh Sam.

    Based on a dream he had, Sheikh Sam gave promises of victory in Egypt and sent Yavuz Sultan Selim on his way with blessings. On his return from the campaign, Yavuz awards the tithes received from the village of Sam to the sheikh and has a inn and mosque built in the village.

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    If you choose the religious section of the tour which includes some of the region’s tombs and historical mosques, then continue on the old Adana road to the district of Sam, 14 km from the city centre