Pozantı is a large district
Province of Turkey, on the main
road from the city of Adana up across
the Toros mountains.
Pozantı stands in
the foothills, at the bottom of a rare pass through these high
Pozantı has had a number of names. In antiquity it was
. To the Arabs El
and finally Bozantı
at the entrance to a pass across the Toros mountains Pendonsis was
a city of strategic importance, the gateway between the high plain
of Anatolia and the low
plain of Cilicia or Çukurova and thus the
Middle East. Pozantı has successively passed though the
hands of Hittites, Persians, Alexander the Great, Rome and Byzantium.
In the period of the Abbasids
the armies of Islam moved through.
following the battle of Malazgirt in 1071 Turks made their appearance.
control of the pass was
returned to the Byzantines, and was finally brought under Ottoman
control by Selim
in his campaign of 1517.
Pozantı is windy and bleak and for most of this history was a fort
and a road-house, but when the railway was put through in 1917 more
people began to live here permanently. But still the place really
lives from the passing trade on the road.
Pozantı was briefly occupied by French forces at the end of
World War I
For many Pozantı is a place to have a break after the hard journey
across the Toros. At the spring of Şekerpınar, where there is a
plant for bottling the spring water, there are motels and
well-known roadside restaurants specialising in barbecued meats.
For many stopping here to relax on a carpeted bench grilling large
quantities of lambchops or shish kebab is an essential part of the
journey to Adana. Especially if you've come all the way over the
mountains dodging around slow-moving trucks. (oh and the river
trout is delicious too).
As the road from the city is a modern motorway Pozantı is the
easiest retreat from the city of Adana, residents drive up here to
picnic and escape from the summer heat.
New investment for 5 stars hotel Pendosis Vacation Club having 84
rooms and many luxury possibilities will enhance the tourism
activities during the whole 12 months.
Places of interest
- The only historical building in the town centre is the mosque
and fountain of Ottoman general Cemal Paşa, built in 1919 (and
since repaired and extended).
- At the entrance to the pass are the old and new castles of
- On the hill called Tekir, next to the modern highway, stand the
remains of a 19th century fort
- Near the village of Aşçıbekirli lie the ruins of the Byzantine
town of Fenese.
- More ruins have been found near the village of Kamışlı in the
high meadows (yayla) of Ören and Asar.