The Mediterranean region of Turkey takes its name from the Mediterranean Sea, and occupies 15% of the total area of Turkey. The region abounds in natural scenic beauty with Mid-Taurus Mountains running parallel to the coast line and important rivers feeding the sea. The main tourist attraction of this region is Antalya. This attractive city is dotted with shady palm-lined boulevards and is home to a prize-winning marina on the Mediterranean. Tourists can explore the picturesque old quarter, Kaleici with its narrow winding streets and old wooden houses. The city was occupied by the Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks and their influence can be seen in the architecture of the buildings. You can admire the elegant fluted minaret of the Yivli Minareli Mosque in the center of the city built by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century. The mosque is the symbol of the city. See the Seljuk stone carvings in the Karatay Medrese in the Kaleici district. The two most important Ottoman mosques in the city are the 16th century Murat Pasa Mosque, remarkable for its tile decoration, the 18th century Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque. Also worth seeing is the attractive late 19th century Iskele Mosque built of cut stone and set on four pillars over a natural spring. Apart from Antalya, other important provinces in this region include Marmaris, Kas and Olympos.