Dağlı Castle

Dağlı Castle (Turkish: Dağlı Kalesi) is a castle ruin in Mersin Province, Turkey

Geography

The castle is around Dağlı Village of Erdemli District at . The distance between Erdemli and the village is 17 kilometres (11 mi) and the distance between the castle and Mersin is 52 kilometres (32 mi). There is no vehicle road from the village to castle. Although a short portion of ancient castle road survives, the castle is accessible only through walking and partial climbing from the village. The altitude of the village is 510 metres (1,670 ft), the altitude of the castle is over 900 metres (3,000 ft) and the total walking track is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi).

History

The castle was built during the Roman Empire. But it was used during the Byzantine Empire and the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. It probably controlled ancient and medieval caravan routes.

The castle

The castle is on a hill overlooking Karakız valley. Most of the buildings as well as the walls are in ruins. But a big room, known as the queen’s room, survives. There are also two small compartments which are thought to be toilet and some dark quarters which may be dungeons. Next to the main gate there is a rock relief showing two soldiers and one pregnant woman. There is also a highly effaced inscription. Although it was thought to be in Armenian, up to now only a few words could be deciphered. According to Professor Bogos Levon Zekiyan, only four words are readable; to son, Armenians, king and date.

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1.3km from Dağlı, Dağlı Köyü Yolu, 33730 Erdemli/Mersin, Turkey Get directions

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