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Caves of Antalya Jul 16, 2018


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Caves of Antalya

Altinbesik Dudensu Cave: You must first come to Ibradi over Manavgat – Akseki to reach this cave. And from here Urunlu village, 7 km far , is reached. Altinbesik Dudensu cave is 2 km distant from the village. There are two underground lakes in this cave, one of which is situated at the entrance ( 125 m long ), large galleries and natural bridges. This cave whic is 1600 m long hosts rock formations bearing interesting shapes.

Beldibi Cave: Beldibi cave is located on the Antalya – Kemer highway on the feet of Beydagi. It is about 25 km from Antalya and 100 m from the shore. Cave is at the bottom of the limestone rocks extending in to the sea having an altitude of 25 m. It is comprised 2 sections. It shows that Beldibi Cave had been used since the Paleolithic Age, but the most beautiful findings of the cave belongs to the Mesolithic Age.
On the Cave’s walls the stylized pictures were found, along with the small stone and bone carved tools belonging to the same period, that is to 15000 years before. 50000years ago while the pictures of the human of the Paleolithic Age were made with a realistic point of view, 15000 years ago the pictures made in Mesolithic Age were stylized.
Among the pictures in this cave which were made with manganese oxide dyes and natural iron are the figures of the chamois and the scenes of hunting, a figure, made of a circle, depicting the mother goddess divided into four sections with dots, and the figures of human or magician stylized with the cross shape.

Damlatas Cave: The best known and most easy to reach cave is Damlatas. This cave situated specifically at the point of connection of the peninsula with the land and on the west of the peninsula where Alanya citadel is located.
Highly moist and tepid air inside the cave is believed to do good for the asthma. Shapes inside the cave and The stalagmites and stalactites in various colors are the formations which may inspire today’s artists, which exhibit the unequalled superiority of the nature in art, and which evoke admiration.

Karain Cave: It housed the humans, who lived on collecting and hunting as the southern sections of Anatolia were slightly more temperate as compared to the northern sections during the late ice age. For these humans who lived on collecting and hunting these caves became the natural houses.
This cave is situated about 27 km to the north west of Antalya. It is at an elevation of 150 m from the travertine plain, on the slopes of the Mount Katra ( Sam ).
It is comprised of 3 interconnected large halls. Karain Cave was continuously used by the human starting from around 50000BC during the prehistoric Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze ages. Karain Cave is the most interesting cave with this characteristic among those revealed in Anatolia to house settlement during the prehistoric ages.
Significant remains like various instruments belonging to the prehistoric ages, the fossilized skulls of the human of an even earlier age ( Homo Sapiens ) and the skulls of Neanderthal man have been unearthed at the excavations made in Karain Cave. These remains are exhibited especially in Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and in the local museum adjacent to the cave and also numerous museums of Turkey. Moreover, Prehistoric Animals’ skeletons which do not exit today anymore which lived in that period have been revealed and significant information has been obtained pertaining to the climate, fauna and flora of Anatolia in the Pleistocene age.

Kocain Cave: It is 47 km far from Antalya. You must take the road separating towards the north on the 30. km of Antalya – Burdur highway, pass through Camili and Killik villages, and reach Ahirtas village to get to Kocain Cave. It is 1 hour 30 min from the village by walking. Cave’s length is 633 m. It is comprised of 2 giant halls. Located at a point of 150 m. From the entry there are 4 plastered cisterns belonging to the Byzantine period.
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