Kız Kalesi is one of the most important symbols of Mersin. Kız Kalesi is on the road to Mersin-Silifke, 50 km away from Mersin and along the road continues 5-6 km across the city of ancient Korykos, the castle built on the island in the middle of the sea. It was called Elcusa before. The palace built by King Arhelaus is inside the castle.
We find out from an inscription found in 1199 that it was built by Leon I. It was captured by the Kingdom of Cyprus in 1361.
Strabon mentions that pirates used this place as a shelter in the Roman Period. Also used here is the re-used material. Again, the places where rubble stones are used should probably belong to the Lusignans period. 192 m. 8 triangular, quadrangular and round shaped bushes were placed on the fortified fortress walls. There is a well preserved gallery along the west wall and a door opening to the sea. During the cleaning excavation by the Mersin Museum, a building complex was uncovered in the middle area of the fortress.
Castle Castle On the road to Mersin-Silifke, 50 km away from Mersin and along the road continues 5-6 km across the city of ancient Korykos, the castle built on the island in the middle of the sea. It was called Elcusa before. The palace built by King Arhelaus is inside the castle.
This fortress was built against the dangers from the sea to the city of Korykos. The strongest points of the fortress fortified with eight towers are in the towers on the north and south ends. One facade of the castle is 250 m long.
Transportation to Kız Kalesi
To get to the region from the center of Mersin to the Kız Kalesi, with E982 Motorway or D400 highway to the town of Erdemli is set out. After passing through the center of Kargapinar and Erdemli, approximately 23 km further to Silifke direction without going back to any point.
Myth of Kız Kalesi
Years ago, the king of this region has a beautiful daughter, the king loves her and protects her. One day, the king takes her daughter to a guy who sees the future and asks him to tell her future child when the girl is nineteen when she is buried by a snake. he starts to get upset and starts thinking about how to save the girl from this fate. One day, he comes up with the idea that snakes cannot swim in the water, so he builds a fortress over the water of the sea and intends to protect his daughter from the snakes by the age of nineteen. Construction starts immediately and the castle is completed at the end of months. The daughter of the king grows seamlessly until she reaches the age of nineteen, and when her age is nineteen, the king begins to rejoice in the sense that she is now defeating the destiny, and in honor of it, a castle in her party. Fate did not escape or a peasant girl who came to the invitation brought a basket of grapes, while the peasant was picking grapes, a snake quietly entered the basket of grapes and hid in there. After the entertainment is over, she walks into the room and eats her favorite grapes, then eats the snake, sticks her up, and then dies.