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Iskenderun
Country Turkey
State Hatay
City Iskenderun
Type of Location Multiple
About the Location  

Iskenderun is a city and urban district in the province of Hatay on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.The current mayor is Yusuf Hamit Civelek (CHP).Iskenderun is located on the eastern Mediterranean coast on Gulf of Iskenderun at the foot of the Nur Mountains (Amanos Mountains).Iskenderun is a busy commercial centre, the largest city in Hatay Province, surpassing the Hatay provincial seat of Antakya.The city is one of Turkey's largest ports on the Mediterranean and an important industrial centre home to the Isdemir steelworks, one of Turkey's largest.Iskenderun has an active, modern life with good hotels, restaurants and cafes along the palm-lined sea front and there is a variety of accommodation for visitors.Iskenderun is also an important naval training base.The climate on this stretch of the Mediterranean is hot and humid in summer, when people escape to the countryside or to the beach.At certain times of the year the town is swept by the strong wind called 'Yarikkaya'.The countryside contains large areas of fruit groves, important producers of oranges, tangerines and lemons and even tropical fruits such as mangoes. Winters are mild and wet.Distinctive Iskenderun dishes include Kunefe, a hot dessert with cheese. The main dishes include the Turkish staples such as doner and other kebabs served in the flat durum bread, lahmacun and also Antakya influenced cuisine including kibbeh and sour pomegranate syrup used as a salad dressing.Iskenderun in particular offers good quality fish and prawns.Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War most of Hatay including Iskenderun was occupied by French troops and in 1921 was established as the autonomous Sanjak of Alexandretta within French-controlled Syria.This led to the foundation of the Republic of Hatay.In 1939, the Republic of Hatay joined with the Republic of Turkey, after a referendum.

   
How to Reach  

By Air

The closest airport to the city 2007, commissioned in 30 km. away from the Hatay Airport is Here in Istanbul, Ankara and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Germany or to have time.In addition overseas and in Istanbul, Ankara, except for transportation to other cities about 150 km. from Adana Airport Sakirpasa kullanilabilinmektedir.which is very busy in the past Iskenderun Airport now used.This land Mustafa Kemal University Campus is located in Iskenderun.

By Road

The main road connection to Iskenderun Mersin - Adana -Iskenderun TEM otoyoludur.Adana -Iskenderun- Hatay highway link from the state road.Toprakkale separated from the road Dortyol from Iskenderun reaches and from there through the Belen Gecidiyle Amik Plain is connected to.

By Train

City, Turkey in the most southern point of the railways.TCDD City 6 Region is located within.In addition TCDD Iskenderun Port Authority is effective in maritime transport.

By Bus

Urban transport buses are provided.Buses to almost any area of the city, towns and villages can be reached on.

   
Key places to visit  
Bagras Castle,Nur Mountains,5 July Festival,Iskenderun July 5 Stadium,Iskenderun Observers
Places to Visit  

Bagras Castle

The castle was built in antiquity and much restored since, a watchtower on the mountain road, 27 km from Iskenderun on the road to Antakya.The castle properly known as Gastun (or Gaston, Guascon, Gastim) provided a base for a force to cover the Syrian Gates the passes between Iskenderun and Antioch.It was built in two levels around a knoll, the fortification resembling Armenian work and with water supplied by aqueducts.It was built about 1153 by the Knights Templar and held by them or by the Principality of Antioch until it was forced to capitulate to Saladin on 26 August 1189.It was retaken in 1191 by the Armenians (under Leo II) and their possession of it became a major point of contention between them and the Antiochenes and Templars.

Nur Mountains

the Taurus Mountains in the south part of the system that make up the mountains.Extending from north to south Asi River's Mediterranean flows into the delta Samandag ends.Opposite the point where the Syrian border has Keldag flashy.A large part of mountain Hatay is in the Amik Plain separates the Mediterranean Sea.The highest point of mountain Hatay's Hassa district dummy Tepesidir (Bozdag).At this point 2262 m in height.

5 July Festival

Each year the liberation of enemy occupation and Iskenderun and Hatay to the Turkish troops out of Iskenderun and Iskenderun with the entrance of the City of celebrations organized by the Festival Committee a set of events.

Iskenderun July 5 Stadium

July 5 Stadium in Iskenderun, Iskenderun Iron Celikspor and New Iskenderunspor hosted by the city's soccer stadium.The name the date of the liberation of the city on 5 July was.Also on April 23, May 19, August 30 and October 29 on a portion of the ceremonies performed in this stadta.In addition this stadta digital score table, electronic ticketing system and the transition lightning rod available.Off grandstand and bleachers called the old sections and displacement of the supporters of the team allocated to the castle behind koltukludur section.There are also disabled tribune.Lighting system 2008 was completely renovated at the end of.Hatay 's largest stadium.In addition, construction of sports complex around the stadium continues.Today July 5 Stadium UEFA in order to achieve the standards are being restored.

Iskenderun Observers

Iskenderun Observers within a 32 km, while the surrounding villages and towns become a center of commerce is the focus of tourism in the summer months.Hot summer days which is an indispensable part of the Municipal People's Beach to the vicinity of the scouts and the admiration of those who collect the interest.Municipal public beach which is the resting place of Daily benefit our people for free.Within the boundaries of our town, including two swimming pools, two with 5 units Apart Hotel offers bed and breakfast services.Yoremize 16 cabins for those we serve daily, 6 showers, 6 WC There are free beach facilities.

   
Right Time to Visit  

December - April

Temperature  

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