Manisa Doga Koleji, Manisa/Merkez, Turkey

Dim Cave

 Dim Cave is one of the most beautiful and interesting caves in Turkey. It is357 metres long, and has a small lake towards the far end.

Dim Cave is near the village of Kuzkaya, in the Dim Valley, 14 kilometres from Alanya.

  • The cave is 357 metres long, and has a small lake towards the far end.
  • The cave was used as a shelter, starting in prehistoric times.
  • Because of its steep steps, the cave is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • Admission: a charge is made for admission to the cave.


Dim River

The Dim River (12-20 km) is a popular summer destination.  Upstream, 20 km to the north east of Alanya, rafting is offered. Downstream, many restaurants and picnic areas offer the

chance to swim in cool meltwater.


  •   Lower down the Dim River, 15-20km to the north east of Alanya, is a large choice of restaurants and picnic places. Some have small beaches. Some have water slides. Some have man-made swimming pools. Most offer the chance to swim in the cool meltwater of the river.
  • Some of the restaurants and picnic places provide free bus services from Alanya.
  • Many of the restaurants specialise in delicious grilled trout.
  • Some of the restaurants and picnic places are not easily accessible to visitors with walking difficulties, so checks should be made before booking.



 Alanya Castle


Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi) is a medieval castle in the southern Turkish city of Alanya. Most of the castle was built in the 13th century under the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm following the city’s conquest in 1220 by Alaeddin Keykubad I as part of a building campaign that included the Kızıl Kule.

  And contemporary…


 In this picture you can see Maiden’s Tower

 Maiden’s Tower story is;

 Maiden’s Tower was a love story told by Ovidius. This story, relating to the sad love of Hero and Leandros, begins with Hero leaving the tower. Hero is one of the holy women of Aphrodite, and love is banned for her. She leaves the tower years later to attend a ceremony to be held at the Aphrodite temple, and there she meets Leandros. These two youngsters in love with each other, bless their love with Leandros visiting the tower at nights. The Maiden’s Tower witnesses the devotion and the forbidden love of these two young people every night. On a stormy night when Leandros was swimming to the tower, the love light that Hero burnt was put out. Leandros losing his way in the darkens is buried in the waters of the Bosphorous. Hero, seeing that her lover dies, lets herself in the arms of the waters as well. Other than this story on lovers that cannot meet, there is a snake story, similar to the Cleopatra’s end. According to a prophecy, a king is to lose her beloved daughter at the age of eighteen, with a snakebite. Therefore, the king has this tower in the middle of the sea repaired, and places his daughter here. Proving that the fate cannot be escaped, a snake emerging from a grape basket sent to the tower, empties its poison to the princess. The king has an iron vault prepared for his daughter and places it above the gate of Hagia Sophia. The last story is from the Ottoman times. It is the story about Battal Gazi raiding the Maiden Tower with his soldiers and taking away the hidden treasures and the daughter of Üsküdar Tekfur (Governor). Battal Gazi took the daughter of the tekfur and the treasury, and rode away from Üsküdar, on his horse. The expression “Atı alan Üsküdar’ı geçti” (He who took the horse is already past Üsküdar) is a reflection of this story. Another aspect of this story coming to the present is about the name of this tower. In reference also to the princesses in other legends, Turks named this tower Kız-Kulesi (the maiden’s tower). The tower, which was called as Arkla (small castle) in the Antiquity and Damialis (calf), was also famous with the name Tour Leandros. Currently it is “Kızkulesi” (the Maiden’s Tower), and known with this name.

This pictures you can see Covored market.

It was built in 1461. 

 By Ayşenur Özel


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