Anamur – Mersin – Turkey

GPS : 36°04’53.6″N 32°53’46.8″E / 36.081569, 32.896323

Anamur Lighthouse
GPS : 36°01’03.0″N 32°48’09.8″E / 36.017506, 32.802732
Focal Plane : 68 m ( 223 ft ), Tower Height : 10 m ( 33 ft )
Character : W. Fl. (2) 5.0 Second (two white flashes every 5 second), Flashing Character : 0.3 + 1.0 + 0.3 + 3.4
Visibility Range : 15 nautical miles

Mamure Castle (Turkish: Mamure kalesi) is a medieval castle in the Anamur District of Mersin Province, Turkey. The castle is on the Mediterranean coast on the D400 highway, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of Anamur and 216 kilometres (134 mi) west of Mersin.

Castle Anamur (Mamure Kalesi) – is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Turkey. It was built in the third century by the Romans. It was used by the Crusaders and the Seljuk and Ottoman. It was rebuilt in the fourteenth century by Ibrahim Bey Karamanoğlu I. It has 36 towers and two huge squares that contain a mosque and the remains of the stables and armory.

The castle was built by the rulers of the Kingdom of Cilicia on the foundations of a fourth-century Roman castle. Designed to protect against pirates, it was repaired during the Byzantine era and during the Crusades. When Alaattin Keykubat I of Seljuk Turks captured the ruins of the castle in 1221, he built a larger castle using elements of the earlier fortifications. Later, it was controlled by the Karamanid dynasty (who ruled a Turkish state in Anatolia).

Although the exact date is uncertain, according to an inscription by İbrahim II of Karaman in 1450, the castle was captured during Mahmut’s reign (1300-1311). The castle was renamed as Mamure (prosperous) after repairs by Mahmut. In 1469, the castle was annexed by the Ottoman Empire. It was subsequently repaired in the 15th, 16th and 18th centuries and a part of the castle was used as a caravansarai.

The 23,500-square-metre (253,000 sq ft) castle is surrounded by moat. Its 39 towers and bastions are connected by wide ramparts. The castle has three main courtyards; to the west, the east and the south. The western courtyard contains a small complex of a single minaret mosque and a ruined Turkish bath. The southern courtyard has the remains of a lighthouse.

Caretta Caretta
It is possible to watch “caretta caretta” turtles, in danger of extinction, while they are laying eggs on the beach or when the baby turtles are hatching and going to the sea.

Health : State Hospital, Health Center, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Rental Houses
Shopping : Supermarkets, Markets, Shops, Stores, Fish Market
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Hair dresser
Beach : Sandy long beaches
Dining : Fish Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Restaurants, Bakeries, Tea Gardens
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops : Anamur, Bozyazı
Technical Equipment Shops : Anamur, Bozyazı
Special Shopping : Bananas, Peanuts, Strawberries

They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Minibus : Mamure Kalesi – Anamur
Bus : Anamur – Gazipaşa, Bozyazı, Mersin
Airport : Adana Şakirpaşa International Airport, Konya International Airport, Dalaman International Airport, Antalya International Airport, Gazipaşa International Airport

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Anamur, Mersin Province, Turkey

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