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Silifke
Other spelling: Seleucia





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Silifke, Turkey along the Göksu river.
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Silifke, Turkey along the Göksu river. Photo: Dick Osseman.

The Byzantine castle of Silifke, Turkey.
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The Byzantine castle of Silifke. Photo: Dick Osseman.

Silifke, Turkey.
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Photo: Dick Osseman.

Town in south-central Turkey with 60,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate) along Göksu River, on the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Taurus Mountains.
Silifke is a very successful industrial town, producing beverages, textiles, footwear, clothes, chemicals, plastics, glass, pottery and canned fruit and vegetables. It also serves as a market town for the rich agriculture of the surrounding area. The agriculture has benefited much from an irrigation scheme and produces cotton, tobacco, grapes, olives, beans and lentils.
Silifke is well-connected with other urban centres by road. Mersin lies 100 km northeast, Konya 250 km northwest and Antalya 400 km west.
The modern town is a typical modern Turkish town. Among its landmarks are the remains of a Byzantine castle on the top of a hill above town. Even older is a 2nd century CE Temple of Jupiter.

History
3rd century BCE: Founded by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals.




By Tore Kjeilen