Mamure Castle: feet-in-the-water landmark in Anamur

Some imagine their picture-perfect Castle positioned high up some mountain; others would have an instant crush at the first glimpse of Mamure Castle near Anamur with its fortified walls and towers taking a dip into the Mediterranean. Add to this a history dating back to the Roman Era, a surface of 23.500 m², most of which restored, and you’re in for a treat.

Mamure Castle is a great stop when road tripping the coastline between Alanya and Mersin, one that will undoubtedly be on top of the list if you’re traveling with children. Mind you; they didn’t have child safety in mind back in the days when they built Mamure Castle, so keep an eye on your little ones before they run off in an attempt to conquer the world.

Magnificent Mamure Castle

Magnificent Mamure Castle

Mamure Castle: testimonial of prosperous times

Located just 6 km southeast of Anamur, Mamure Castle pops up as an impressive seaside landmark, right on the D400 main road connecting Alanya to Mersin. From the road, Mamure Castle looks deceivingly smaller than it is. It was recently restored after it had already been repaired numerous times during the Ottoman reign in the 15th, 16th, and 18th centuries when part of it was used as a caravanserai. The Castle in Anamur is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent and best-preserved castles in Turkey. During its existence, it underwent many changes. We’ll highlight the most significant ones below.

Mamure Castle Dominating The Coastline

Mamure Castle Dominating The Coastline

The Roman Era

The exact construction date of Mamure Castle is unknown, but excavations in 1988 revealed a mosaic floor dating back to the Late Roman Era, around the 3rd to 4th century AD. Some say it may at some time in its history have served as the outer protective Castle of nearby Anemurium, a city of which the origins date back earlier, to the 4th century BC.

Click here to read our post about beautiful Anemurium.

One Of The Gates Next To The Mosque At Mamure Castle

One Of The Gates Next To The Mosque At Mamure Castle

From the Byzantines to the Seljuks

After Mamure Castle was enlarged and used by the Byzantines and during the Crusades, the Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat I captured its once again ruins in 1221. The Sultan built a bigger castle on the existing foundations, which would later be included in the Beylik of Karaman, or Principality of Karaman. Following the enemy capture and destruction of Anamur, Mahmut of Karaman conquered the Castle and renamed it as Mamure Castle after it was once again repaired. Mamur means prosperous or flourishing, a reference to its glorious history.

The Ramparts Of The Castle In Anamur

The Ramparts Of The Castle In Anamur

The Ottoman Empire

During Mahmut of Karaman’s reign, in the period 1300 to 1308, the Castle was captured, and later, in 1475, annexed to the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans repaired the Castle over consecutive centuries and also used it as a caravanserai.

If you like caravanserais, read this article about Susuz Han.

How Nice Is This Beach With Mamure Castle As A Backdrop?

How Nice Is This Beach With Mamure Castle As A Backdrop?

Mamure Castle Standing Proud After Its Restorations

Mamure Castle Standing Proud After Its Restorations

What to expect of Mamure Castle in Anamur?

If you find yourself in the area, Mamure Castle is worth a stop, if only for its spectacular setting. Mamure is a moated castle on the land side with entire terrapin families populating the water. On the seaside, expect a combination of rocky and soft sandy stretches, all equally stunning as a backdrop. The Castle’s 39 towers are connected by a rampart, offering great views of the Castle and its surroundings.

The Ramparts Are Extraordinary!

The Ramparts Are Extraordinary!

Moat, Terrapins, And Mamure Castle Walls

Moat, Terrapins, And Mamure Castle Walls

High walls divide the three main courts of the Castle, and you’ll find an Ottoman-style mosque built by the Karamanids in the outer castle courtyard. The former shops are in the same area, near to what used to be the entrance of Mamure Castle.

Mamure Castle's Mosque

Mamure Castle’s Mosque

One Of The High Walls Dividing The Courtyards

One Of The High Walls Dividing The Courtyards

Do make an effort to climb the main tower, as it is spectacular both inside and outside, and, of course, the views are rewarding! If you’re exhausted after climbing those steps, you could always go for a swim at the back of the Castle after your visit! If you have some juice left, head over to the other side of the street to explore the remains of the old Hamam. Contrary to Mamure Castle, you can visit its Hamam free of charge.

Inside The Main Tower Of Mamure Castle

Inside The Main Tower Of Mamure Castle

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You need to pay a small entrance fee to enter the Castle. Please keep an eye on young children at all times, as there is nothing to hold onto when climbing the steps of the ramparts.

According to these reviews on TripAdvisor other travelers agree with us that this is a great stop! If you have any questions about visiting the castle in Anamur, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

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Make time to visit nearby Anemurium, go for a swim, and taste the local bananas!

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This place is easy to find, as it is located right on the D400 main road. If you’re relying on public transport, you’ll find that any bus operating between Anamur and Mersin can drop you off at the entrance of the Castle.

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Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You need to pay a small entrance fee to enter the Castle. Please keep an eye on young children at all times, as there is nothing to hold onto when climbing the steps of the ramparts.

According to these reviews on TripAdvisor other travelers agree with us that this is a great stop! If you have any questions about visiting the castle in Anamur, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Make time to visit nearby Anemurium, go for a swim, and taste the local bananas!

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

This place is easy to find, as it is located right on the D400 main road. If you’re relying on public transport, you’ll find that any bus operating between Anamur and Mersin can drop you off at the entrance of the Castle.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Mamure Castle: Feet In The Water Landmark In Anamur
Mamure Castle: Feet In The Water Landmark In Anamur
Mamure Castle: Feet In The Water Landmark In Anamur
Mamure Castle: Feet In The Water Landmark In Anamur
Mamure Castle: Feet In The Water Landmark In Anamur

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