64 Most Impressive Fortified Castles

Discover Turkey and visit iconic fortified castles


Turkey's Most Famous Castles

Here is the list of 64 most famous castles in Turkey from the Ottomans, Seljuks and Byzantines. Originally made of earth and wood, later castles were built of stone, so many still survive today. Explore the iconic Turkish castles that everyone wants to visit.

Castles and Fortresses

Castles are defensive structures specifically built to withstand attack. Despite their differences though, they all have one feature in common, they are fortified.

About the castles that have survived for thousands of years, we can say that they are the greatest witnesses of history. These castles built by civilizations living in Anatolia to protect themselves are visited today by history lovers.

Visiting the any castle in Turkey is a unique experience for visitors from all over the world. You can see many more castles, fortresses and defensive walls from different periods when you visit our country. Turkish castles and fortresses have a very different look from the European castles. Although some of the most impressive castles no longer exist, you can still see some wonders structurally like the Rumeli Fortress in Istanbul, Mamure Castle in Anamur or the Bodrum Castle in the southern part of Turkey.

64 Iconic Fortified Castles

Aegean: Afyon Castle, Ayasuluk Castle, Becin Castle, Bodrum Castle, Candarli Castle, Cesme Castle, Foca Castle, Kadifekale Castle, Kusadasi Castle, Kutahya Castle, Marmaris Castle, Sigacik Castle.

Mediterranean: Alanya Castle, Anavarza Castle, Babaoglan Castle, Candir Castle, Haruniye Castle, Hemite Castle, Kahramanmaras Castle, Kalekoy Castle, Koz Castle, Kozan Castle, Maiden's Castle, Mamure Castle, Mut Castle, Koz Castle, Payas Castle, Silifke Castle, Yilankale Castle.

Black Sea: Amasya Castle, Boyabat Castle, Kastamonu Castle, Rize Castle, Sinop Castle, Tirebolu Castle, Trabzon Castle, Unye Castle, Zilkale Castle.

Marmara: Anadolu Fortress, Babakale Castle, Bozcaada Castle, Bursa Castle, Cimenlik Fortress, Gallipoli Castle, Istanbul City Walls, Kilitlibahir Castle, Rumeli Fortress, Yedikule Fortress, Yoros Castle.

Central Anatolia: Ankara Castle, Buyukkale Castle, Kayseri Castle, Uchisar Castle.

Eastern & Southeastern Anatolia: Ardahan Castle, Diyarbakir Castle, Gaziantep Castle, Harput Castle, Hosap Castle, Kahta Castle, Kars Castle, Mardin Castle, Rumkale Castle, Sanliurfa Castle, Seytan Castle, Van Fortress.

Turkey's Most Famous Castles
Boyabat Castle, Sinop