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Anavarza and Anavarza Castle

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As I indicated at my Yılankale or Snake Castle gallery, a student from Adana, Kerem Kemaneci, suggested some destinations near that city, such as some of the great castles dispersed all over the Cukurova plain. The day after my arrival in March 2008 we – together with his friend Ibrahim Çalık, first visited the Snake Castle and then made our way to the one at Anavarza. This is built on a steep cliff and only accessible from one side, the South. On the plain below lie the remains of the city of Anavarza near the Dilekkaya village. That city was founded in the 9th century BC by the Assyrians, later to become Roman and Byzantine. The castle was used as a border defense against the Arabians by the Byzantines. It was restored by the Abbasid calif Harrun Reşit, who captured the castle in 795.
In the village a Roman gate was most impressive, in the plain the remains of some more buildings are visible, but we had to move on to the castle because it was getting late in what after all was a winters’ day. The climb was along an ancient flight of stairs. Views were wonderful, and the castle itself most impressive. There is a big courtyard with the remains of a church in the first part of the castle. Then you have to do some more climbing to reach what felt like the inner castle, even higher up the hill. Here we met some people who kindly took us back to nearby Ceyhan, us travelling on to Adana. They are one of the pictures, next to one of the ancient graves around the village. A mosaic in the museum was hardly visible in the lamp light, it is similar to ones I saw in Gaziantep end Antakya. O hope to return to this most impressive spot, now that I know how to get there.
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