Saturday, 2 June 2012

Castle At Çeşme, Turkey

It is uncertain who originally constructed the Castle in Çeşme, some sources say Genoese or Turks some time after the 15th Century.  What is know is that it was extensively extended during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II.


We nearly trod on this little fellow as we were walking up a set of steps, he was so well camouflaged.


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As we stepped into an arched corridor we came across this recently restored toilet, bit of a drafty place, but I suppose well ventilated!


You can just see the entrance to this toilet on the left just inside the gateway.


There are a lot of Ottoman gravestones lining this walkway, they have some really intricate carvings on them and many with the turban on top, which has become common place on Turkish gravestones today.

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As you walk around you will find a few examples of carved column tops.


A 20th Century Olive Oil Mill.


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The gardens have some lovely examples of large terracotta pots and cannon balls.



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The arches in the Castle walls make for some interesting frames for your shots.


Going down.....

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Going up.......

We are getting higher.


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Ancient artifacts are constantly being discovered in the bay, here you can see a couple of items, being kept in water until restoration can begin.



After climbing the steps and then turning around, I have to say for a minute my legs turned to jelly when I saw that we were actually level with the top of the Mosque Minaret.

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Yep, the garden looks along way down now.


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At this angle those cannon look like toys.


The red of the Turkish flag always looks lovely against the clear blue sky.

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We have walked all around those ramparts.


There is a small museum with some statues and small artifacts.


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There are quite a few examples of flasks here.


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More cannon balls.


That's one large anchor, imagine the size of the ship it belonged too.


Here are some of the cannon we saw earlier, they are not so small now.

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