A district of Mersin province today, Tarsus is an important site for Christians because it was the birthplace of Saint Paul. It's situated on the edge of the fertile Cukurova plain, in middle of cedar groves.

The city is also the meeting place of the legendary love story of Antony and Cleopatra, and there is the commemorative Cleopatra Gate. To reach St. Paul's Cistern you pass through narrow streets of the city; the old houses on the sides will be the joy of your visit. Then you may head for a rest to the Tarsus waterfalls and relax under shady trees. The tombs of Prophet Daniel and Lokman Hekim, a famous legendary medical doctor, are here. There are also many historical places to visit such as Cleopatra's Gate, the Gozlukule, Justinian's Bridge, and the Museum of Tarsus.