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Çeşme Kalesi Review

Constructed during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II (ruled 1481–1512) to defend the port, this castle is very picturesque, with its stone walls often lined with sun-basking lizards and tortoises. The keep is often deep in wildflowers. The castle houses a small Archaeology Museum, displaying weaponry from the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, cannons from 18th-century sea skirmishes with the Russians, and a modest collection of ancient artifacts. Clamber around the towers for sweeping views of the sea and the city; keep close watch on kids around the less-than-sturdy railings.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Çeşme, 35930
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 9–6:30
  • Website:
  • Location: Çeşme
Updated: 11-25-2013

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