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Mersin is a large city and a busy port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey and is the capital of the Mersin Province. This coast has been inhabited since the 9th millennium BC. In the following centuries the city became a part of many states and civilizations including the Hittites, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, the Macedonians, Seleucids, Lagids.
Today, Mersin is a large city spreading out along the coast, with Turkey's second tallest skyscraper (the 52-floor Mertim Tower). The city centre is a maze of narrow streets and arcades of little shops and cafes, with young people buzzing around on scooters.
The local cuisine includes: kebab of course but especially the hot sandwich of grilled meats wrapped in flat bread called tantuni; the home-made sausage bumbar; carrot helva (cezerye); karsambaç (a kind of ice slush).