Kırkkaşık Bedesten (Kırkkaşık Çarşısı) in Tarsus mesmerizes visitors with its 500-year-old historical atmosphere. Bedesten is the perfect place to feel the cultural richness and the character of Mersin. Visitors can find local handicrafts such as carpets and rugs as well as various souvenirs reflecting the history of the city and its Mediterranean texture. Local foods in Kırkkaşık Bedesten such as cezerye, kerebiç, citrus fruits, bandırma and muska are the prominent products to get to know the gastronomy culture of Mersin. It is also possible to find objects related to the Shahmaran legend, an important symbol of Tarsus culture.
Mersin Naval Museum
Mersin Naval Museum (Mersin Naval Müzesi) exhibits more than 500 objects related to the history of Turkish naval warfare, and inholds a library with 800 books serving researchers in the museum. The museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of naval wars and to see many objects such as model ships, flags, armour, military uniforms, weapons and oil paintings.
Historical Tarsus Houses
One of the important values keeping history alive in Tarsus is the Historical Tarsus Houses (Tarihi Tarsus Evleri). Built of stone, mudbrick and wood, these houses offer a unique opportunity to touch the history of Tarsus and the region as well as to feel the nostalgia.