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Address: Izmir, Turkey

This ancient fortress was strategically built in view of the harbor and...

This ancient fortress was strategically built in view of the harbor and city in the 4th century BC. Roman and Byzantine engravings can still be seen on the remaining walls.

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Don't be so afraid, folks.

A. Very nice views of Izmir & the port, but the site doesn't have much of archaeological interest aside from the cisterns, which you can't enter. B. I'm amazed how many folks... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2014
Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

From all over Izmir you can see the castle standing proudly on top of the hill, and so you get excited about seeing what one would expect is a grand spectacle. The trip up is an adventure, we caught a bus from the Konak station, you can ask around and someone will point it out. Entry is free, but this... More 

Thank Isaac V
Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

A. Very nice views of Izmir & the port, but the site doesn't have much of archaeological interest aside from the cisterns, which you can't enter. B. I'm amazed how many folks say to "exercise extreme caution," etc, merely judging by the appearance of the folks they passed or saw. None of these reviews mentioned any actual problems encountered, merely... More 

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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Great place to visit not too big but its interesting and has great views. Akso lovely resturants all around the area. Just explore also there is a frwat market downtown, however not too easy to find but just follow the people with fruit and u will find a very big market on the oposite side of the Mountain. Great place... More 

Thank tanyacovi
Chania Town, Greece
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Nice place for a panoramic view of Izmir. You can enjoy some refreshments coffee etc. It is interesting to visit it

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2014

Besides the edifice itself which includes both 'up,' fortified walls, and 'down' cisterns and storerooms, the view from the top of the castle--of the sprawling city and the sun glistening in the Bay of Izmir is well worth your time and effort. Kurdish women clerk souvenir consession booths where you can purchase a vast array of items including sturdy woven... More 

1 Thank rdyoung68
Campinas, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2013

In order to arrive in this place you need to go up in the middle of a very poor location (favela) but the place looks like abandoned.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

The views form the fortress are incredible. We took the 33 bus to get here from the edge of Konak Sq. bus station. But the fortress area was intense (we went near prayer time on Friday) and my wife was dressed very modestly but still got some nasty looks. It was much more intense than anywhere else in Izmir.

2 Thank oleadam
Merthyr Tydfil
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

I read the other reviews of this place and glad I came by taxi. It is approximately 2km from port uphill and gives a fantastic view of Izmir. This is a site of defensive walls going back to the time just after Alexander the Great but the present walls are medieval. Not much to see here, some market stalls where... More 

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

Take a taxi to the top and have the taxi driver wait for you other wise you will have to walk back down the hill in neighborhoods very off the beaten path. You can see the site in about 15 minutes. It has a great view of the entire city but other than that the site is not kept up... More 

1 Thank Stephanie P
Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2012

I have not been here but what I heard from people are "do not expect much from here". It is nice place at nights if look at it from a long distance.

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