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Kars Citadel

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Description: Built by Saltuks in 1152, only seven of the original 220 towers of this...
Built by Saltuks in 1152, only seven of the original 220 towers of this historic structure remain today.
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Basalt fenced sombre citadel far out in Eastern Anatolia

Kars is a remote location and reaching it is something between an achievement and a nightmare. The town emanates a heavy air of remoteness and some Armeno-Russian architectural... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Athens
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Kars is a remote location and reaching it is something between an achievement and a nightmare. The town emanates a heavy air of remoteness and some Armeno-Russian architectural edifices ruined or less so. he castle which is an affair with a 12th century commencement, redefined later. Sitting conspicuously on the citadel commanding and defining the town. It is its most... More 

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Bursa, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

very well preserved castle overlooking Kars. The view of the city of Kars from the castle is really amazing.

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Randolph, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

There aren't a huge number of things to see in Kars... and, honestly, most of those things are visible from the Citadel! It's a reasonably short walk to the base of the mount on which the Citadel stands... just beyond the Armenian Church of the Apostles. From the base, just beyond the church, you can walk to the top in... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We have climbed to this castle on a cold winter morning and the climb was fairly easy. Though the castle dates back from 11th century, of course, the one we see today is a result of various renovations throughout the years. When compared with other castles in Anatolia, this one is much better in shape. It's a great spot to... More 

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Rzeszow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This was one of the most beautiful castel I have ever seen. Strong, big and in good condition. As the souvenir left by Russians, castle is just great. Go there and see it. It's worth half on hour climbing on the stones road.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you choose to climb the citadel, you will understand its importance in Kars' history and why different peoples sought to conquer the city.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

It was a tough climb up the hill so take water and take your time. Once there the sights are breathtaking with sweeping views and history all around.

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Hertfordshire UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

It's quite an uphill walk from the river, little to see once there except the view back over Kars, there is a restaurant within the citadel.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Me and my group were on the way to Iran,but our first stop was in Dogubayazit,because we were a mixed group,that"s mean half of group were a climbers and they had a goal to climb a Mountain Ararat,and rest of us curious travelers .So, we have to wait our friends until they come back from Ararat and have 6 days... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is a very well restored castle. The route to go there was very nice because under the snow, in a deep valley behind the castle. I was alone there with my guide. There is a small restaurant on top where you can have a Cay and rest if you wish.

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