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OSMANIYE

Osman's Town                     Population: 220,000

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Old name: Kınık

Near Gaziantep, Osmaniye looks like the most obvious kicking-off point for exploring the Hittite ruins at Karatepe-Aslantaş and the Roman site at Herapolis-Castabala. Unfortunately it’s hardly a prepossessing town, its only attraction the new Kent Müzesi (City Museum, closed Mondays) in a faux Selçuk caravanserai overlooking the central Karaoğlanoğlu Park

The ground-floor of the museum contains a set of dioramas of old shops and Turkish rituals which are passingly interesting although most of the mannequins have been set up at very odd angles. Upstairs the sections on local history are more interesting but are only in Turkish unfortunately. 

The biggest problem is the dearth of decent places to stay. 

Sleeping

Büyük Osmaniye Otel

The town's best (which is not saying much) but way out of the centre so not great if you don't have a car. Nor would it win any prizes for architectural sensitivity.

Tel: 0328-777 0000

Çınar Oteli 

Clean but very basic hotel near the petrol station on the main drag. Prices don’t include breakfast.

Tel: 0328-814 3814

Şahin Otel

Transport info

Osmaniye's bus station is on the outskirts of town at the start of the road to Kadirli. To get there you need to catch a blue bus from the town centre - they run roughly every 15 minutes and in 2015 you could still pay in cash on boarding. 

There are frequent minibuses to Osmaniye from Adana's Yüreğir Otogar. Frequent minibuses also link Osmaiye with Kadirli, İskenderun and Antakya.

Taxi drivers waiting at the Osmaniye bus station and near the central park will quote a price inclusive of waiting time for the trip to Karatepe-Aslantaş and Hierapolis-Castabala.

Minibuses run from Osmaniye to Ceyhan where onward connections to Yumurtalık leave from the separate Yumurtalık bus station rather than Ceyhan Otogar.

Day trip destinations

Anavarsa

Duziçi

Hamite (Gökcedam)

Hierapolis-Castabala

İskenderun

Kadirli

Karatepe-Aslantaş

Kozan

Yumurtalık

Read more: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-212251-hittite-hunting-on-the-road-to-osmaniye.html

 

 

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