Sütünlü Cadde
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Visit an ancient Roman Colonade in Mersin
Sütunlu Cadde (translated as columned street) can be found in the Soli area of Mersin. Originally a 350 meter (.22 mile) street leading from the ancient city of Soloi (Greek: Ʃoloi) down to it’s port, the column lined street would have been quite a welcome for visitors coming into the city from their ships. In it’s prime, the street would have been lined with more than 200 pillars. Each pillar had a shelf about 4.5 meters above the ground that would have held statues to various animals, rulers, and supposed deities. On the sides of the columned street, there were other buildings and storage structures, the foundation of which is still viewable on the east side. Currently, only 44 columns remain in four groupings. While some of the columns still have the shelves in tact, only one still has a statue remaining (on the south and west side). There are a number of capitals and column sections set up on the south and east side for close up viewing. Visiting: This site is currently surrounded by a security fence on all sides so that the columns cannot be directly accessed, but as mentioned earlier, some capitals and column sections are assembled outside the fence on the south and east side for up close viewing. I would recommend coming to the site from the south entrance, then you are able to walk north from there and see the whole of the structure.
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