Kleopatra Kapısı (Gate of Cleopatra)
Tarsus Adana 47. Km., Tarsus Merkez, Tarsus, Mersin (İçel), Caminur Mahallesi, 33440 Tarsus/Mersin, Turkey
Walk through the ancient gate through which Cleopatra and Mark Antony were introducedThe Kleopatra Kapısı (Gate of Cleopatra) is the only remaining entrance of the wall that once protected the city of Tarsus. It’s name comes from the fact that Cleopatra, when coming to Tarsus to meet Mark Antony (and thus spark their infamous relationship), after landing at the harbor (now a tumulus called Gözlükule), entered the city through this gate.
Tarsus was the capitol of the Roman province of Cilicia, and thus was a very important city to protect. It was surrounded by two walls, an inner and an outer, and had only three access gates, the Mountain, Adana, and Sea, the last of which is this gate. It stands at about 8 meters tall.
The Gate of Cleopatra is very easy to find. From the D400 road, follow the signs for Kleopatra Kapısı on İsmet Paşa Blv. The gate is in a large roundabout median. You can easily park on the side of the road.
There is a shady little çay bahçesi (tea garden) next to the arch. After you’re done taking pictures of the arch, have a seat here and sip some çay!
Also, it is an easy walk to the Gözlükule Tumulus.