Alanya Sightseeing Drive, Damlatas Cave, the Castle, and Archeological Museum
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A city with 3,000 years of history has more than a few interesting stories to tell.
One tells of the shrewd Seljuk sultan who rounded up hundreds of goat and tied candles to their horns, giving the impression of a conquering force much larger than the one he actually commanded. It worked; Alanya's defenders surrendered, and the city began a golden age that saw the creation of the formidable castle complex you'll see today.
As you tour the castle, look for a platform dating from Roman times called the hurling tower. Underneath is a cell where the Romans caged their prisoners before giving them three rocks to throw over the precipice into the sea. If they succeeded in throwing one into sea, they were pardoned. If not, they were slung into the sea. Visitors still give this rock-hurling feat a try; the results indicate that few of those long-ago prisoners were pardoned.
But long before all that, Alanya's most famous visitor came to call. Cleopatra was on a pleasure cruise of the Mediterranean when she stopped in Alanya, where, according to local lore, she bathed in the clear waters of the bay. The spot is now called Cleopatra Beach, and you'll see it near the entrance to Damlatas Cave.
Besides its eerie subterranean beauty, Damlatas Cave is famous for air that has long been reputed to benefit asthmatics. The temperature inside is a near-constant 74 degrees, with 95 percent humidity and 10 to 12 times more carbon dioxide than outside air. And patients believe. Thousands of visitors come to the cave each year eagerly seeking relief.
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