Payas Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Complex

Payas Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Complex

Built by the Architect Sinan with the order of Sokullu Mehmet Pasha in 574, the complex in one of the best examples of Ottoman architecture.
There is a caravansary, bazaar site, Turkish bath house, mosque and a madrasah within the complex.

 

 

St. Simeon Monastery

St. Simeon Monastery

It is known that St. Simeon arrived the monastery, built in 6th century A.D. on a 479 meter high hill, in 541 and lived on the pillar here for 40 years. St. Simeon is the most important representative of the “leaving the world” cult of his time.

 

Castles

Castles

There are castles that survived from the past until today in our city. Antakya Castle, Koz Castle, Bakras Castle and Payas Castle are examples of such historical structures.

Antakya Castle 

Koz Kalesi

 

Harbiye (Daphne)

Harbiye (Daphne)

The region where Harbiye Falls are located at, which is known to be the place where the famous love story between Apollo and Daphne took place, was a world-wide known summer resort during the Hellenistic and Roman periods with its waterfalls.

 

Titus Rock Tunnel

Titus Rock Tunnel

It is the city that was built by Seleucus Nicator during 300’s B.C. and named after its builder.
The tunnel here was built in order to obviate the floodwaters. Total length of the tunnel is 1380 meters, 300 meters of it being open space. 100 meters in following the Titus tunnel, there are rock tombs.