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Narlıkuyu and Heaven and hell

The current name of this pleasant hamlet translates at the Mediterranean Sea is “Pommegrenate Spring”. It used to be “Tatlı Su” or “sweet water”, since a spring supplied drinkable water, probably it came from caves in the hinterland. They are known as Cennet ve Cehennem, or Heaven and Hell”. It seems to have supplied the water to a fourth century Roman bath, of which the small museum (well, it’s a room) houses a mosaic. This mosaic shows the Three Graces, a text reads “Whoever drinks this water will become wise and have a long life, who’s ugly will turn beautiful”. I didn’t drink any, and feel none the wiser as a result.
I here show pictures of the mosaic as well as of the waterfront. Since I arrived in December there was no noticeable activity. I had the feeling it will be a very pleasant spot to stay in season.
In sub-galleries I show: the hell-cave the heaven cave and a nearby cave that is called the Asthma Cave. I have been at another cave near Tokat where similarly a chair was set for an asthma sufferer to inhale the humid and warm air, this one felt even hotter and clammier, it’s smaller, but has nice formations of stalactites and stalagmites. In between I also saw a former Zeus-temple or what was left of it.
Cennet ve Cenehhem (Heaven and Hell)
Cennet ve Cenehhem (Heaven and Hell)
The Asthma cave (Astım Mağarası)
The Asthma cave (Astım Mağarası)
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