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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 courtyard.

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 impressive.

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 very attractive.

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.




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