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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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Great view over Izmir

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2016
Kelli S
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 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.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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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 

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Athens, Greece
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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.

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Thank Adelina S
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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.

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Manila, Philippines
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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 

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