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Address: Izmir, Turkey
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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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The view is what it worths

The view is what it worths, it is astonishing, a perfect place to take photos. The castle is not special at all, only the walls remain. On the way to Kadifekale you can visit the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2015

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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The view is what it worths, it is astonishing, a perfect place to take photos. The castle is not special at all, only the walls remain. On the way to Kadifekale you can visit the blue fatih cami and from the back side of Kadifekale you can see the big Ataturk sculpture.

1 Thank Francesco10Totti
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The view over Izmir from this dominant site high on a hill is still there, but it is now partially obscured by a shanty town. Moreover, the dusty square outside the old castle is now an improvised playground for Romany children and those of refugees. It is no longer a tourist destination and there are other sights in which to... More 

Thank John L
Athens, Greece
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

After we walked all the way from the city center to reach the Turkish flag by foot and the ruins, it was indeed a great experience to sit on the top of Kadifekale and see Ataturk's picture sculpted on the rocks.

Thank Adelina S
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It is in a really dangerous neighbourhood and you will be stared at the whole time you are there the view is impressive but it is not really worth it to go.

3 Thank Charlie J
Manila, Philippines
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were a family of 3 met promptly at the airport by our tour guide, Mehmet Cibikci. On the bus, we were met by other tourists from other countries like India, China and USA. Mehmet had terrific knowledge of Ephesus and while it was a one day tour we felt like we learned so many things in a day! we... More 

1 Thank MenchuFernandez
Alanya, Turkey
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The view was great! Easy to get there with bus no. 33 from konak. But it was just a wall and poor kids was running around. Dirty and nothing special to see. Just spent 5 minutes watching the great city view and then we went back to centrum.

1 Thank karina s
Durban, South Africa
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75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Not much of an attraction. Nothing but a broken castle wall actually, BUT definitely the most amazing view of Izmir. Just be wary of the kids begging as son as you exit the taxi. Pay them any attention and you hounded for the entire visit. Give them money and they look at you like "Is this all you going to... More 

3 Thank Lee_Durban
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Well, actually we were searching another place, that one which has anciet lift and panoramic view too. So we just walked in town and desided to go upward. In theese scary "favelas'. It was a sunny day and btw wednessday or something, so there were almost nobody in favelas and it happened to be an interesting place actually. So we... More 

2 Thank Илья К
Halkidiki Region, Greece
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277 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is not a lot left of these ruins but they are still worth a visit. There is great views of the city and if you are there on a clear day you can see for miles. Watch out for the sheep being slaughtered on the side of the road at the top of the hill and also don't walk... More 

2 Thank Leeanne G
Melbourne, Australia
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135 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It WS had enough to find directions to the site but worst of all there are no actual workers in there as it is a free site. Being swamped by begging children and no general information readily available ...disappointing. Its also in a shocking neigbourhood which again not an issue but be mindful

1 Thank Nomeian

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