Visitable and Ancient Mosques

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In Alanya city center there are several mosques that you as tourist and non-Muslim can visit.
The following 3 can be recommended.

1: Kuyular Camii
Located just at the entrance of the bazaar area where the Damlatas road ends and the road to the Red Tower named Iskele Caddesi starts.
If you take a taxi to the bazaar area this is most likely where the taxi will drop you since there is a taxi station just next to the mosque.
The mosque is build recently and there for very beautiful.

2: Yeni Camii
Located close to the Atatürk statue on the main street, just opposite of the big park. This mosque is not as well known as other mosques but still worth a visit. Interior of the mosque has recently been redecorated and renewed.

3: Alaadin Camii
This mosque can be a little hard to reach since it is located at the Alanya Castle. But surroundings are fantastic and this ancient mosque is a must-visit sight. The mosque looks exactly like it has been looking for 100s of years and the scenic location inside the walls of the castle area makes it something very special.

For those not familiar with the codes and ethical guide lines of visiting a mosque here are some guidelines.
What should I wear?
Men should wear long pants and women long pants or full-length skirts or dresses with long sleeves. Muslim women typically wear a headscarf as well.
Why do we take our shoes off?
So that the floors and carpets aren't covered with dirt since that is where people pray.
Where are the women praying?
Women offer prayers in a separate room that provides them privacy. The women offer daily prayers in a room behind the main prayer hall. On special occasions women gather in the ladies' prayer hall on the second floor of the mosque.

Cell phones
A ringing cell phone is a distraction to everyone. Please silence or power-off phones when entering the building.

Talking during prayer
If you need to talk to someone while visiting the mosque please be very discreet or take the conversation outside in order not to disturb those who are praying.
Not walking in front of someone praying
If you are walking through the prayer area and come across someone who is praying, please walk behind, instead of in front of him.
Children
Take children to a mosque only if they are old enough to be able to respect the rules as well.

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