Places of interest
Karatepe - Aslantepe Open Air Museum has the ruins from antiquity. The structure was constructed as a border castle by the Hittites King Azatiwatis in 8th Century BC. The city is surrounded by high towers and castles which are the ruins of Assyrians. Aslantaş Dam Lake is worth a visit, too.
Museum is located at the southeast of Kadirli district and is at 22 kilometers distance to the district, 30 kilometers distant to the Osmaniye Province and 130 kilometers distant to Adana province.
There are two burnt building ruins which are assumed to be the palace and the grain storage wells located on the hill. The castle has two main entrances which are located at southwest and northeast respectively. There are two statues of lions with broken pieces at the southwest entrance gate. At the left and right side chambers, there are reciprocal Finike (peg writings) and Hittite hieroglyph inscriptions located on the swarthy and light yellow, hard pieced basalt stone blocks in the style of wall plating depicting the daily living and religious activities in the form of various figure relieves (stone embossed designs) and similar inscriptions. The 3 meter long statue depicting the God of Storms is located inside the gate. At the southeastern gate, there are two reciprocal sphinxes with human heads and lion bodies. The left and right chambers contain the relief of the God of Sun and various other relieves together with the reciprocal Finike (peg writings) and Hittite hieroglyph inscriptions.
Bodrumkale - Kastabala City (Hierapolis) has one of the most important ruins of Ottoman Empire. There are also two historical churches, Ancient Roman Bath (Hamam), column street, 5000 people capacity antique theater, stadium, water arch, ruins and rock carving tombs.
It is located in the borders of Kesmeburim Village and Bahçe Village which are at 15 kilometers distance to Osmaniye province.
The most important ancient remains that could be able to reach today in good condition in Kastabala are the avenue with pillars and its amphitheater with five thousand spectator capacity. Beside those, the other important ruins of the ancient city are two churches, the castle, the Roman bath , the stadium, the necropolis' surrounding all around the city and the ruins of the aqueduct constructed over the Ceyhan river located approximately 5 km north-east of the city. Kastabala is one of the most important promenade areas and touristic places of Osmaniye province.
There are grave caves (Cancan Tomb) around the Karapinar Area.
The most important one is the Toprakkale castle located in Toprakkale district. The ruins of ancient Kınık city (Öranşar) are located in the north of the castle on Adana highway.
The ruins of Haruniye castle, Saman castle and Kurtlar castle are located in the Düziçi district and the ruins of Karafenk castle and Savranda castle at Kalecik village are located in Hasanbeyli district.
The Finike (peg writings) discovered in this ancient city had provided a key for the decryption of the Hittite hieroglyphs which were not been able to be decrypted wholly before. The Hittite inscriptions in the world had been primarily decrypted and read in this ancient city. After the decryption of these inscriptions, the entire hieroglyph inscriptions located in Anatolia extending to the date of BC 2000 was been able to read.