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Tarsus, Mersin

Administration
Full nameTurkey
Official nameTarsus
CountryTurkey
RegionÇukurova
ProvinceMersin
Government
MayorBurhanettin Kocamaz
KaymakamMehmet Gökmerdan
Demography
Urban (pop.)238276
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code33xxx
Area code0324
Licence plate33|blank_name=Licence plate

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Tarsus (Hittite: Tarsa, Greek: Ταρσός) is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of the Adana-Mersin Metropolitan Area, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Turkey with a population of 2.75 million. Tarsus District forms an administrative district in Mersin Province and lies in the core of the Çukurova region.

With a history going back over 2,000 years, Tarsus has long been an important stop for traders, a focal point of many civilisations including the Roman Empire, when Tarsus was capital of the province of Cilicia, the scene of the first meeting between Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and the birthplace of Saint Paul.


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