Mamure Kalesi (castle or fortress), 7 km (4.3 miles) southeast of Anamur along the coastal highway rests on 3rd-century Roman foundations.
With its southern walls touching the waters of the Mediterranean, and the rest of its fortifications protected by a moat, it was a formidable defensive point for the Romans, and later theByzantines, Seljuk Turks(1221) and Ottomans.
The three spacious courtyards of the castle are protected by 39 towers. Within the walls is a small mosquebuilt by the Seljuks, repaired in modern times, and still open to worshippers.
—by Tom Brosnahan