At the entrance of Mut a statue offering you a plate full of apricots welcome the visitor. The
people of Mut take pride in their apricots.
The valley in which the River Göksu flows is a wide and fertile basin. The road from Silifke to
Mut follows this valley offering the traveler marvelous scenery.
There are ruins of a Roman period public bath, amphitheater and water canals in the town.
The Lala Pasha Mosque, built in 1444 during the Karamanoğulları rule is one of the biggest
examples of Turkish-Islamic art. The architecture of the tombs at the courtyard of the
mosque is quite interesting. The mosque itself is in a very good and sturdy condition. The
tombs are made of regularly hewn stone blocks and a conical stone roof covers them. One of
the tombs has three and the other four coffins inside. According to the Ottoman traveler
Evliya Chelebi, one of the graves belongs to Lala Pasha.
The minaret of the mosque was rebuilt after it collapsed about fifty years ago.
The square-shaped caravanserai at the center of the town is known as Davut Pasha Barracks
among the people.
There are forty rooms with fireplaces behind the arched gallery that surrounds the large
The Monastery of Alahan (Apandos)
The first Westerner to write about Alahan was Leon de Laborde who visited this spot in 1826. The book he
wrote that includes sketches of “L’Eglise D'Alahan” was published in 1847. In 1955 an Italian researcher
called P. Verzone made a comprehensive study of the monastery.
Evliya Chelebi also saw the monastery wrote, “It looks like its master builder has just finished the work.”
Maybe, today it does not look as new as Evliya Chelebi says but it is in a very good shape and quite
To reach the monastery, you have to turn right on the Mut – Karaman road and climb up two kilometers to
the hilltop. Here you have to park your car and continue on foot to make a tour of the monastery.
It is rewarding to watch below at the scenery from the hilltop. You see the valley of Göksu River from an
altitude of 1000 t0 1200 meters.
The church, to the east of the monastery is in very good condition, only the roof is missing. You cannot but
think that if there were a roof, the church would be ready for worship.
There is a blue-colored natural rock serving as the northern wall of the chapel. You should not be content
by only visiting the interior of the church. Climb a little further up and watch the building from outside to
perceive its magnificence. The eastern wall looks like as if it’s newly constructed from outside. Those who
have seen Hagia Sophia in Istanbul would think that this church somewhat resembles it. They would not be
mistaken because the dome of the monastery built in 440-442 A.D. is one of the prototypes of the dome
technique used in Hagia Sophia.
Western Church (Evangelical Basilica), the monastery, the eastern church and monks’ cells carved into the
rocks constitute the cluster of buildings to be seen here. The western church is in a ruined condition.
In both churches the nave and the aisles are separated by rows of Corinthian columns. The craftsmanship
displayed by the columns, column capitals, figures of human beings, animals and plants on the portals are
The figures of St. Paul and St.Pierre, angels Gabriel and Michael carrying a wreath and other
ornamentations depicting roaring lions, eagles, fish and bunches of grapes and vine leaves have all been
hewn into stone in embroidery like esthetic skill.