The Titus Tunnel (Titüs
Tüneli) is a Roman engineering
During the reign of Emperor Vespasian
(69-79 AD), the Roman governors of
Seleucia Pieria (Samandağ),
the port city for Antioch ad
decided to divert a river.
Roman legionnaires, sailors and prisoners
to work cutting a channel along and
through the rock for about 1.4 km (nearly
Continued under Emperor Titus (79-81),
inscriptions tell us it was completed
during the reigns of the Antonine emperors
Today the channel is dry, but still
worth a visit. A small parking area
and entrance is just inland from the
beach at Samandağ. A
path ascends along the channel, open
to the sky, up and down steps and rocks,
to where an arched limestone
Above the footbridge, the channel
continues into the solid rock.
You'll need a powerful flashlight/torch to continue.
—by Tom Brosnahan