Friday, March 11, 2011

Vacation Paradise in Alanya (Anatolia), the Hittites

. Friday, March 11, 2011

Vacation Paradise in Alanya (Anatolia), the Hittites, Phrygians, Ionians, Urartu, Persians, Macedonians, Romans and Byzantines had lived

Alanya (pronounced [aɫanja])

Alanya (pronounced [aɫanja]), formerly Alaiye is a seaside resort town and a component district of the province of Antalya in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, 166 kilometers (103 miles) from the city of Antalya. On the south coast of Turkey, has the district (which includes the city and its built-up area) an area of 1,598.51 km2 (2000 Census) 257 671 inhabitants. The population is almost exclusively of Turkish origin, but is home to some 10,000 inhabitants of Europe.

Because of its natural strategic position on a small peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea below the Taurus Mountains, Alanya has been a local stronghold for many Mediterranean-based empires, including the Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. Alanya's greatest political importance came in the Middle Ages with the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum in the reign of Alaeddin Kayqubad I, from which the city its name. His building campaign resulted in many landmarks, such as the Kizil Kule (Red Tower), Tersane (shipyard) and the castle of Alanya.

The Mediterranean climate, natural beauty and historic heritage makes Alanya a popular destination for tourism, and responsible for nine percent of Turkey's tourism industry and thirty percent of foreign purchases of real estate in Turkey. Tourism has increased since 1958, has become the dominant industry in the city, resulting in a corresponding increase in urban population. Warm-weather sports and cultural events take place annually in Alanya. Mayor Hasan Sipahioglu, justice and development has led the city since 1999.,

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