Alanya Castle, which is located on the Alanya peninsula and has an exquisite view with its 6.5 kilometer long walls, dates back to the Hellenistic period, but the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat built the version we see today in 1221.
Alanya Castle has nearly 400 cisterns to meet the water needs of the city. With 83 towers and 140 bastions, the castle, which is located in a very large area, was built by surrounding the peninsula, passing through Ehmedek, İçkale, Adam Atacağı, Cilvarda nose, Arab Evliyası Burcu and Esat Burcu, then Tophane and Tersane and ending at the Red Tower.
Various historical artifacts are exhibited within the borders of Alanya Castle. Among these artifacts is the ram’s head, which was used in history, especially in the Middle Ages, to break down castle gates or demolish walls. A wheeled and sheltered version of the ram head, which was used by many people, is exhibited in Alanya Castle.
It is also possible to see undated inscriptions inside the castle. At the entrance gate of the shipyard, you can also come across a magnificent inscription written in relief in celi sülüs calligraphy on marble.
Gratitude is to Allah. The Great Sultan, the great Khan, the great of religion and the world, the conqueror of countries, the ruling partner of Amir al-Mu’minin, Keykubad, son of Keyhusrev, son of Kilic Arslan
You can see almost the whole of Alanya from the most extreme point of the Inner Castle. The combination of the blue flag Cleopatra Beach on your right and Keykubad Beach on your left with the deep blue sea fascinated us as well as many visitors.
The area where you enter the castle is called the Inner Castle, this part is the highest part of the castle, if we express it numerically, it is 250 meters above the sea. Click here to see the plan of Alanya Castle, which includes the Inner Castle, the Outer Castle and the Middle Castle. In the east of the castle, which uses an elegant and impressive Seljuk style in terms of architecture as well as defense, you will see a tower in red tones protecting the coastline. The tower, which dominates the entire harbor and shipyard, is known as the Red Tower.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Alanya Castle?
Alanya Castle is open every day. While it can be visited between 08:00 – 19:30 in the summer period, the closing time is 17:00 in the winter period. However, you can enter free of charge with Museum Pass.
Where is Alanya Castle and how to get there?
The castle is 136km from Antalya, but it is located right in the center of Alanya. If you go to Alanya, be sure to go up to the castle, which can be seen from everywhere in Alanya. Because this is the only point in Alanya that shows the beauty of both sides from a bird’s eye view. If you are coming by car, you will climb upwards on a winding road until the entrance of the castle. There is a paid parking lot in front of the entrance.