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Iskenderun - the former Alexandrette

Iskenderun is one of the most important Turkish ports and as a tourist aim quite unknown. In the meantime the city with more than 150,000 inhabitants lies romantically by the sea; embraced from high mountains. Especially succeeded is the long nice green bank promenade, which was invested in the nineties. A lot of tea garden, playgrounds and sports fields invite for staying.

Historical roots of the city:

As the name already says, the city foundation goes back to Alexander who founded this city after his victory with Issos not far from Iskenderun (333 B.C.) after a little while. This city has special meaning, because of the favorable protected position and the access to Arabia. In the third century A.D. Alexandria was destroyed by the Persians and was rebuilt shortly after.

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