The Central and Southern Aegean Coast Sights

Çeşme Kalesi

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's 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-secure railings.

Sight Information

Address:

Çesme, Izmir, 35930, Turkey

Sight Details:

  • 8 TL
  • Daily: 8–7 in summer, 8–5 in winter (changeover dates vary)

Published 07/06/2016

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