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Kanlıdivane

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From the Wikipedia: Kanlıdivane (ancient Canytelis) is an ancient city situated around a big sinkhole in the Mersin Province. It was part of the Olba kingdom. In the northern necropolis, there is a mausoleum, which was built by the Queen Aba for her husband and sons. On the inscription of the tower at south-west it reads; "Built by Teukros, the son of priest king Tarkyaris of Olba for Zeus." By the first century, Olba kingdom became a part of Roman Empire. Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II rebuilt the city as a Christian religious center and renamed it Neapolis. There are ruins of basilicas, cisterns, rock cut graves etc. around the sinkhole.
Kanlıdivane means "bloody crazy". This may refer to the red color of the surrounding soil. The name may also refer to a dreadful legend according to which the criminals had been executed by throwing them into the sinkhole during Roman times [elsewhere I read bloodthirsty animals roamed that hole, to make matters worse or just clean up the mess].
Every year during the Mersin International Music Festival one or two outdoor concerts are held in Kanlıdivane. The audiences and performers sit at the opposite sides of the sinkhole. (During such concerts Metropolitan municipality of Mersin supply free bus trips to Kanlıdivane.)

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