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Kars Citadel

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Address: Kars Merkez, Kars Merkez, Kars 36000, 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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Definitely deserves the walk up to see buildings, city and region

Walking up through the city, and historic buildings on the way up is great. The views from the top and seeing how the citadel was perched on the cliffs/hilltop are inspiring... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2016
Margie C
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Aspendale, Victoria, Australia
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Aspendale, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Walking up through the city, and historic buildings on the way up is great. The views from the top and seeing how the citadel was perched on the cliffs/hilltop are inspiring. The large cafe inside is popular with locals who drive up the back road

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I recommend you to take the road on the other side of the castle while turning back to the city. You will have to walk a little longer but it is certainly worth as you will walk alongside the river. Besides, the old Russian building which is now used as State Conservatory by Kafkas University is really breathtaking.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Not a huge castle, and nowhere inside to explore, but and easy walk from the town centre and the views from the top are worth the trek.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Scramble to the top for great views over Kars. You also get a taste for the rich history and the region.

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Sacre-Coeur-Saguenay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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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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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
Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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