THE LEGENDS OF ALANYA: RED/MAIDEN'S TOWER (Kızıl Kule)

January 15, 2018

 

THE LEGENDS OF ALANYA: RED/MAIDEN'S TOWER (Kızıl Kule). 
The landmark of Alanya – the unusual octagonal Red tower (Kızıl Kule) is also called the Maiden Tower (like the famous Tower in Istanbul). The legend says that there was a Boy’s Tower in Selinus (Gazipasa), but it was practically fully destroyed. Girls are mentioned in the name of the nearby street (Kızlar Pınarı). According to the legend there was a cave in the rock beneath the Kale (castle) where the pirates kept kidnapped girls and there used to be a special pathway to the castle from that cave which was also ruined.

The Red Tower is the most well known tower forming part of the Alanya Castle in Alanya, Turkey. The castle was built in the 13th century and was used as a defensive fortification until the time of the Ottoman Empire. The view from the castle is striking due to is location 820 feet high on a rocky peninsula that sticks out into the Mediterranean Sea. From here you can see the beach town of Alanya, the sea itself, the Pamphylian plain and Cilician mountains.

The Red Tower has been used for centuries for military purposes against future attacks from the sea port and made to protect the shipyard. It was built in eight square plan and has 5-storeys, about 33 meters high above the ground. In spite of its splendor look and a huge size, the entrance door of the tower is relatively small. Whoever enters can’t pass without tilting his/her head. 87 stairs can take anyone up to the top in order to see the wonderful scenery of Alanya. Each floor has its own property, to throw some arrows, hot oil spills loopholes and some are decorated with holes in war times. When you reach to the top, you will also see the mouth of the cistern rising since the middle of the ground floor space. There is a door and a safe way to the castle from one of the levels of the tower. In old times, it was a safe way to the Sultan's palace. The Red Tower is one of 140 towers that surround the castle.

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