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Fortress of Kızkalesi

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HISTORY

Kiz Kalesi (literally Maiden's Castle) is a fort located on a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, in the province of Mersin, Turkey, 300 meters from the mainland. The island's medieval name was Crambusa, which has already been linked to another fort on the mainland, Corycus castle, by a breakwater. Its surface is 15,000 square meters and the castle occupies most of this area. According to Strabo (Greek geographer), in ancient times the island was used as a base by pirates, but the castle was probably built by Alexios I Komnenos of the Byzantine Empire, after the First Crusade, and was extensively rebuilt in the 13th century by the Armenian kings of the Cilícia Leão I, in 1206, and Hetum I, in 1251.

In the 14th century, the Cilício Kingdom was on the verge of collapse and in 1360 Pedro I of Cyprus captured the island at the request of its inhabitants. The castle was then occupied by İbrahim II of Karaman in 1448 and by Gedik Ahmet Pasha of the Ottoman Empire in 1471.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

An exotic setting in the incredibly blue sea of ​​the Turquoise Coast, for an absolutely unique summer ceremony. Beautiful and charming place that attracts and fascinates the eyes. It is a historical entity built in the middle of the sea and of a perfectly beautiful nature. The most characteristic building of the small town is the magnificent castle that seems to float in the waters of the Mediterranean. This 12th century castle from the Byzantine empire 600 meters from the coast, a setting for that wedding that wants to combine style and privacy.

CURIOSITIES

• Archaeological studies published in 1982 and 1987 revealed that the original Byzantine plant survived mainly in the southern part, with its typical square towers. The Armenians rebuilt the north and west sides of the castle, using not the irregularly shaped stones available at the site, but instead carving the blocks of rough rock into quadrangular units, known as ashlar. They added round towers, a vaulted chapel inside the fort and new stone cladding over most of the Greek building.
• According to a legend, a prophetess had informed the king that her daughter would be bitten by a poisonous snake and that nothing could be done to change her destiny. Desperate, the king tried to save the princess by building for her a castle on an island where there were no poisonous animals, but even so a snake hid in a basket of grapes brought from the continent and ended up killing her. This legend, in fact, is also told about other islands in Turkey, but, according to some, it would explain the Turkish name of the fort: Maiden's Castle.

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