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Karaisalı is a district of
Adana Provinceof Turkey, administratively a part of the Metropolitan Municipality of Adana.
The area contains the reservoirs of Çatalan and Nergizlik. There is a wrestling tournament in the late-April to early-May at Salbaş and a countryside festival in the last week of August at Kızıldağ.
In Roman times there was a city here named Midilli. Following the arrival of the Turks in the area the name was changed to Çeceli and inhabited by the Yüreğir and Menemencioğulları and Ramazanoğulları tribes.
Between 1481 and 1496 the city was controlled by the
Mameluksand once these had been defeated by Ottoman sultan Selim Ihe passed control to the Ramazanoğulları dynasty. The current name Karaisalı was later given in memory of a Ramazanoğulları lord.
The town was not occupied during the
Turkish War of Independencein the early 1920s and became a centre of Turkish resistance for the Çukurovaarea.
Long-term mayor of Adana, Aytaç Durak is from Karaisalı and during his term the district was included in the Metropolitan Municipality of Adana.
Places of interest
*The Roman built Milvan Castle in the village of Karakılıç.
*The silk road caravanserai Kesiri Han in the village of Altınova.
*Another Roman castle Keçi Kalesi 40km north-east of Karaisalı in the village of Etekli. has commanding views from its hill-top position.
*The wooded hillside picnic areas of Yerköprü and Kızıldağ.
*The attractive remote village of Kalayçılar. 7km from the village of Hacılı on a dirt road.
*The 210m long German built railway viaduct in the village of Hacıkırı (Kıralan).
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