The Historical Heritage of Mersin Page
Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites is located in Erdemli district of Mersin. Kızkalesi, which contributes greatly to the city’s tourism, offers its visitors both nature and history at the same time.
Built on a small island 200 meters from the coast is built with 8 towers supporting the castle and resembles the castle you see in the movies. It is 192 metres long and was once named Korykos. It is hard to find a place to walk in the summer due to being so crowded. At night, on the other hand, you can enjoy the castle from a distance thanks to its solar-powered light show.
As visitors walk along the castle walls and other areas they can see traces of the Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Armenians, Kingdom of Cyprus, Karamanoğulları and Ottomans. Approximately 1 million people visit every year.
More foreign tourists are visiting every year
Mehmet Şirin Öztop, the president of the Kızkalesi tourism foundation, said that many visitors are coming to see our castle, but we have noticed the number of foreign tourists has also increased significantly. It looks like our efforts to introduce touristic areas in turkey has paid off at the fairs.