Adana is a province and the seventh most populous city in Turkey. According to the data of 2021, it has a population of 2,263,373. The area of the province is 13,844 km2. There are 163 people per km2 in the province (the highest in Seyhan (1785 people))
Seyhan Dam Lake
Adana Ethnography Museum
Adana Stone Bridge is on the Seyhan River. IV. It was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrianus in the (385) century. It has been an important bridge between Europe and Asia for centuries. Harun Reşit (766-809) joined the bridge to Adana Castle with some additions. IX. It was repaired by the 7th Abbasid Caliph Memun (786-833); who was the son of Harun Reşit, at the beginning of the century. There are inscriptions of these three repairs. The last repair was made in 1949.
However, the Stone Bridge is 319 meters long and 13 meters high. Of the 21 arches, 14 are standing. Two lion reliefs can be seen on the large arch in the middle. It is known as one of the oldest bridges still in use in the world.
The famous Adana Ulu Mosque is located in the Seyhan district of Adana. Adana Ulu Mosque, dating back to the 16th century, is also known as Ramazanoğulları Mosque. Adana Ulu Mosque
the masterpiece and the most magnificent work of the Ramazanoğulları Principality; is one of the most important historical structures of Adana. It remained the largest mosque in Adana until the Sabancı Merkez Mosque; was put into service in 1998. The construction of the historical Adana Ulu Mosque was started in; 1509 by Ramazanoğlu Halil Bey. Upon Halil Bey’s death; his son Piri Mehmet Pasha completed the Adana Ulu Mosque in 1541. Ramazanoğlu Halil Bey and two sons of Piri Mehmet Pasha and Mehmet Pasha are buried in the tomb dated 1541 in the southeast of the mosque. The architecture of Adana Ulu Mosque has the characteristics of Seljuk and Mamluk architecture.
The Ramazanoğlu Madrasa; located inside the Adana Ramazanoğlu Complex, was built by Ramazanoğlu Piri Pasha in 1530… It served as a Madrasa until 1914.
At that time, the resource allocated from the Ramazanoğlu Foundation was divided into 35 shares… 14 of which were paid to the students in the Madrasa; and the professors (professors) in the Madrasa… Since it had a large income, it continued to serve in this Madrasa until 1914.
According to official records, as a level of knowledge; He taught at the level of Süleymaniye Madrasa, Fatih Madrasa and Bursa Madrasa in Istanbul…..
Now to the Adana Mufti; of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey; It was rented by the Regional Directorate of Foundations to be built; as a “Cultural Centre”. The place is right next to the Ulu Mosque.
The Great Clock Tower is one of the most important symbols of Adana; together with Taşköprü. With a height of 32 meters, it is the highest clock tower in Turkey. mechanism of the clock, which was built entirely with cut stones, was brought from Germany. The large clock is built in a square prism style and has clocks on all four faces It is said that its foundation was dug at a depth of 35 meters in order to stand firm. The top of the 8-meter-wide tower can be reached by a 110-step ladder. On the bell of the clock tower “Societe Jntibah Tourhan Djemala a co. Adana Turkey” is written.
The construction of the Great Clock began in 1881 by the Adana Governor; the famous poet Ziya Pasha, but when he did not die, the tower was put into service in 1882; during the reign of Governor Abidin Pasha. The Great Clock Tower is the tallest of the towers built in the rush to build clock towers all over the country in the 1880s. While the tower was called a watch house at first; The clock, which was built in the form of a piggy bank in Adana’s busiest square, began to be called the Little Clock, and this tower was called the Big Clock.
An important need was met in Adana with the putting into service of the Big Clock. The powerful bell ringing every hour and heard from all over the city has made the life of the people of Adana much easier. People have started to adjust their commuting times and prayer times very easily according to the sound heard from the clock tower.
Kazancılar Bazaar, one of the most important examples of the covered bazaar tradition in Anatolia, has been maintaining its vitality for centuries. The bazaar; which took its name from more than a hundred boilers, copper and tin masters, has changed over time like everything else. Today, there are only three masters who make tin rather than produce utensils. Still, these masters are frequently visited by photographers and those who want to see the old culture.
Although it takes its name from the masters of the cauldron, many other handicrafts continue to live here, even though they are far from their former glory days. This is a craftsman’s bazaar with wood carving and embroidery, knife making, shoe masters whose reputation has reached the whole country.
Is it okay to say Adana and not talk about food? Today, Adana kebab is famous throughout the country, partly because of Kazancılar Bazaar. Those who come from villages; towns and surrounding cities to do their business in Adana get off at the bus garages in places such as Dut Han; Tuzlu Han and Yeni Han around Büyüksaat. When they were done, they would reward themselves with a kebab before returning. In this way, the kebab became known throughout the country and even the world. Some of the best examples of kebab shops in Adana are still here.
It divides the city center of Adana into two in the middle. Sarıçam and Yüreğir are located in the east and the central; districts of Seyhan and Çukurova are in the west. The fact that Seyhan Dam is located in the city center; has made it a preferred place for sightseeing; picnic and sportive activities for Adana residents and tourists. What the Bosphorus is to the people of Istanbul; the Seyhan River and the Seyhan Dam are to the people of Adana. Seyhan Dam, which was put into service in 1956; is also known as the New Dam because it is the second dam in the city center.
The museum, which was first established by collecting the column capitals and sarcophagi in the vicinity in the Police Department; As a result of Halil Kamil Bey’s appointment as the director and his successful work, in 1928; the Madrasa of the now demolished Cafer Pasha Mosque was opened to visitors at the beginning of Taşköprü. In 1950; It was moved to Kuruköprü Memorial Museum in Kuruköprü; which was used as an Ethnography Museum for a while.
The museum building, which was opened to visitors on January 05, 1972 and served for many years, needed a new museum building due to the preservation and preservation of cultural assets and the insufficient display. However, as a result of the studies on the new museum area, it was found appropriate to restore the “National Textile Factory”, one of the first factories of the city, located in the Döşeme Mahallesi of Adana Province Seyhan District, to be evaluated as the Adana New Museum Complex. Within the scope of the Adana New Museum Complex I. Stage, which was started to be built in 2013 within the investment programs of our Ministry, the exhibition and arrangement works of the Archeology Museum were completed and it was opened to visitors on May 18, 2017.