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Mamure Castle

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Another UNESCO world heritage site that’s worth a visit. Mamure Castle is a medieval castle that was built by the rulers of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Since then it has been destroyed and repaired numerous times during the Byzantine period and the crusades.

One of the biggest and most well-preserved castles in Turkey looks out over the Mediterranean Sea in the Mersin province. Although its exact origins are not known, excavations have revealed quite the story that goes back to around the 3rd or 4th century.

You can’t help but be stunned when you see Mamure Castle for the first time, and not only because of its beautiful location right by the sea but also due to its almost perfectly preserved state. The castle, which covers an area of 23,500 square meters (253,000 square feet), is a giant construction; experts believe that the Romans built it in the 3rd or 4th century. In 1988, excavations led by the Directorate of Anamur Museum revealed mosaic floors that belonged to the prominent late Roman city Ryg Monai. However, the castle is also known as the protective façade of the Anemurium Antique City, which means its origins cannot be definitely affirmed.