Fodor's Expert Review Çeşme Kalesi

Çesme Castle/Palace/Chateau Fodor's Choice

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.

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Çesme, Izmir  35930, Turkey

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

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