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The precursor of the today's city of Payas is the antique Baias. The place got historical meaning only by a battle. In 1516 the city was integrated in the Ottoman empire by this discussion. In 1574 a big mosque complex was established in this city by the master builder Sinan. The castle nearby (established by the cross knights) was further used by the Ottomans. In addition, a harbour arrangement was established.

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