Turkey: Mamure Castle

Mamure is a picture perfect medieval castle on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Originally it was built by Romans around the fourth century, it was further rebuilt during the Armenian kingdom of Cicilia, and then fully reconstructed into a classic Crusader fortress during the Byzantine era and the Crusades. Seljuks captured the castle in the 13th century and completely rebuilt it again, and a couple centuries later it became a part of the Ottoman Empire. The castle is massive and spectacular, with a total of 39 towers connected by rampart walls and surrounded by a moat and the coastline all around. You can climb onto the walls and walk all around for some mindboggling views into the castle and out toward the sea. There is also an old mosque inside the castle’s walls. The castle is in absolutely perfect condition and is often used for filming medieval-theme movies.