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Kars Citadel

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Address: Kaleici Mah. Kars Merkez, Kars Merkez, Kars, Turkey
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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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Interesting citadel, amazing view

Activity is free, gives an unbeatable view of the city and the nearby desert. Also allows you to see some of the military bunkers around the hills, they don't have a trip advisor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Sacre-Coeur-Saguenay, Canada
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Activity is free, gives an unbeatable view of the city and the nearby desert. Also allows you to see some of the military bunkers around the hills, they don't have a trip advisor activity page but they are really worth getting lost in. Warning: they are badly damaged, crumbled and could fall on you any time. Some of them are... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

With some impressive views of Kars and the surrounding plains, this short walk from the city centre is a must. The castle has its own unique charm, recommended for those who enjoyed similar fortresses in Turkey!

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Thank Edward C
London, Canada
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

It takes about less than 20 minutes walking from my hotel inside city centre to the castle. Great view of the entire city, plus it is free.

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Thank HardyW
Sydney, Australia
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308 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Citadel itself is beautoful with so much history and other than that the view is amazing from up here! Explore the castle grounds and feel the energies... the walk to and from the castle is part of the beauty of this place and you feel like constantly turning around and taking in the city views

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Thank JazzzSay
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

After Ani anything pales. Even this impressive fort, that has seen countless refurbishings. The walk up is nice.

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Thank RPasset
Nevsehir, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

For a commanding view of the city and a well-preserved fortress, the Kars Citadel is great. It has several buildings that date back to the Ottoman era, great spots for panoramic photos, and a nice restaurant at the top where you can drink tea and play backgammon. Also, the Mongols sacked it once. Always cool.

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Thank Joe G
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Kars has not much to offer except its own vibes. The Citadelle adds to the mysterious charm of this underrated border town. On the accessible part at the near-top, the views toward the steppes are stunning. Also, there is a very nice little café that is perfectly located if you want to farniente with a chai after the climb and... More 

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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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30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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Noosa, Australia
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

It is possible to drive to the top of the castle but we thought the overall impression was better by walking up. Good views of Kars and a reasonable restaurant to enjoy tea while looking over the city

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