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Gravesite of the Prophet Daniel

Diagonally across the roundabout from the Eski Camii is a building that houses the supposed grave of the prophet Daniel (yes, the one of the lion’s den). When I visited in 2005 I did not pay attention, which is a pity because I might have contrasted those pictures with the 2007 ones. Those I took during an extensive excavation. Fragments of the former monument were still standing about (and maybe put back later), and indeed some sort of underground chamber was visible, which was the supposed grave.

In November 2014 I found the restoration finished, and took pictures of the finished work. A prayer room has been installed inside the complex, and it is possible to visit part of the lower level at its back. I place those pictures before the ones that are earlier, so beware: once again you're going back in time.

I think the complex in Turkish will be called Makam-ı Şerif Cami (Danyal Peygamber Türbesi).

I found an article "VISIBLE / INVISIBLE: SANCTITY, HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY IN TARSUS" by Dr. Oya Pancaroğlu on the subject of religious places in Tarsus (and on the extent to which the can be considered to be what they are claimed to be).
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