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Thursday, October 9, 2008

alanya castle

Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi) is a medieval castle in the southern Alanya. Most of the castle was built in the 13th century under the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm following the city's conquest in 1220 by Alaeddin Keykubad I as part of a building campaign that included the Kızıl Kule. This castle was built on the remnants of earlier Byzantine era and Roman era fortifications.

The castle is located 250 meters high on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, which protects it from three sides stretch 6500 meters and have 140 towers. After the area was pacified under the Ottoman Empire, the castle ceased to be purely defensive, and numerous villas were built inside the walls during the 19th century.

Today the castle is an open air museum. Access to the seaward castle is ticketed, but much of the area inside the wall, including the landward castle is open to the general public.

alanya castle (picture taken from my balcony)

alanya castle (picture taken from my balcony)

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