Imbriogion, Silifke

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Imbriogon was an ancient place in Cilicia Trachea, whose modern name is Demircili (formerly Dösene) in Silifke district, in Mersin province, Turkey. It lay on the road from Seleukia in the Kalykadnos to Diocaesarea (Uzuncaburç), about 8 kilometres north of Seleukia.

Imbrogion was probably founded in the 2nd century AD, as a summer residence for wealthy citizens of Seleukia. Since no remains from Christian times have been found, it is assumed that it was abandoned shortly after this. Seven house and temple graves which all date to the second and third centuries AD are the main surviving structures. Some of these are two stories high; the tallest are 7.5 metres in height. One two-story temple tomb (pictured above) has Ionic columns in a 2.3 metre high lower story and Corinthian capitals in a 2.9 metre high upper story. Inside there were three surviving sarcophagi, no longer present. On the acropolis hill, there are some remains of the ancient city, including a Roman bath house with a mosaic floor showing the sea god and a Greek inscription. There are also the remains of the columns of two Heroa, one of which was dedicated to the family of Anglus, according to an inscription on a column.

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  • We hired a car and made a tour in the northern part in the mountains. There you can make a very nice tour, about 60 miles, and visit many very old places. This is the most attractive one.  more »
  • There are three mausoleums in the area, one of which is reached by walking off the road, but you can see where he is from the road. The other two are closer to the roadside. After passing the village of Demircili, you see all three on the road. Olba can be seen on the road because it is on its way to the ancient city and long zodiac.
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