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Kars Citadel

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Address: Kars, Turkey
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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Great spot for panaromic photos

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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349 reviews 349 reviews
153 attraction reviews
565 helpful votes 565 helpful votes
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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56 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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usa
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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