History of Adana

The earliest inhabitants of Adana were the Hittites, who lived here during the Egyptian 18th century.

Adana gets its name from Adanus, son of weather God Cronus. It was founded in 63 B.C. by the Roman statesman, Pompey the Great. During those times, the city served as a resting place for caravans. Its importance stemmed from its strategic location, lying on a Roman army route to the East.

After the decline of the Roman Empire in 746 AD, Adana's significance ebbed until Harun al-Rashid, the caliph of Baghdad restored its former glory.

After eight years of Egyptian rule, Adana came under the aegis of the Turkish Empire only after 1840.