Narlıkuyu Mosaic Museum

Narlıkuyu Mosaic Museum

Narlıkuyu is a touristic point of Silifke, famous for its bays. The waters that feed Narlıkuyu are cold and sweet because they are underground water from the Cennet sinkhole. During the Roman period, a bathhouse was built in Narlıkuyu and the groundwater from the Cennet sinkhole was used.

The ruins of the bath built during the Roman period have been turned into a museum today. The museum exhibits the floor mosaics of the Roman bath built in the 4th century AD. The mosaics have been preserved without being moved. In the place of the bath built in the ancient period, today there is the Narlıkuyu Mosaic Museum built in 1975.

Narlikuyu Mozaik Muzesi Gezi Yazisi

The mosaics found by chance during an excavation in the 1950s are known as the Three Graces Mosaic. The Three Graces have become the symbol of Narlıkuyu. The mosaic shows Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia, daughters of Zeus, having fun among doves and partridges.

If you wonder who found this miraculous water and who brought its hidden source to light, know that it was Poimenios, the friend of emperors and the righteous ruler of the Holy Islands.

The three sisters, born to Eurynome, the goddess of harmony, famous for her beauty, are known as Kharites, derived from the Greek word khrais, meaning brightness, radiance and beauty. A Greek text on the upper edge of the mosaics with Kharites says who built the baths.

Narlikuyu Mozaik Muzesi Kharites
Narlikuyu Mozaik Muzesi Binasi