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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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Most underestimated beauty in Izmir

I have been to many places izmir but i must say this is my favourite. Sure it's not well looked after and its situated in an outskirt of the city, but it still has more than... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 18, 2016
Kevin V
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Bialystok, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do you want to see İzmir bay and almost whole city ? If yes, this is the best place to do it. The castle is believed to be constructed by one of the commanders of Alexander after Alexander had a dream when he was taking a nap next to Pagos hill. The castle and town in it is also believed... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Highlight of Izmir! Climbing up the stairs of this district which has the same name as the castle with it's charming favela atmosphere was one of our best travel experiences so far. It's many stairs and the colourful houses create a great spirit which passes on to you immediately, which my photos hopefully proof. Of course it is partly trashstrewn... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

I have been to many places izmir but i must say this is my favourite. Sure it's not well looked after and its situated in an outskirt of the city, but it still has more than enough to offer to enjoy it; the gate,the cisterns, views on roman aquaducts, a little market and an overall sight on the city, particularly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Its an interesting, fairly steep walk through the labyrinth of alley ways of beautiful colourful historical homes from Basmane at the base of the hill up to Kadifekale. The view from the castle area is fantastic and you can find women from regional areas selling their traditional work

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

You have a great view of Izmir from the castle. The castle looks really old, and there is not much to see, but it is amazing to think that Alexander the Great built it.

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Thank Proclaimer1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

This place is very good view when you look at Izmir from the top. It is better than old time now. You have to visit when you arrive Izmir

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Oklahoma City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016

I use to take tours of people who newly arrived Izmir up to the top of the hill to review this place. Best view of Izmir you're going to get!

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Great views of the city and bay but not worth the walk through a rather ropey area. Take a taxi for 15 liras from basmane gar.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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