Payas Castle, Dortyol

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  • Payas is 20 kms away from İskenderun and a must-see district. You should see the whole 16th century Ottoman compound with bazaars and Turkish baths. There is a beautiful mosque inside the compound...  more »
  • The fortress is fine but the Kervansaray dating back to the 16th Century is exceptional. You can endeavour to read the hyroglythics over the entrance doorway and make out the date in the late...  more »
  • Beautiful example of a Ottoman style caravanserai (fortefied Inn for caravans) with a castle and Fort next to it. The castle was originally established by templar Knights, and in the 1500's when the region came under Ottoman control the whole complex was rebuilt from the foundations up. The complex was built near the junction where roads from Constantinople divided to continue to Iraq or south to Israel, Egypt, and to Arabia. Today the caravanserai is used as a government office and is surprisingly lively for such a historical place. The castle, unfortunately, is closed though the nearby fortress (şeytan kalesi) is open as a small cafe. The mosque, which was visited by renowned traveller Evliya Çelebi, is open.
  • Nice renovated complex. Castle not finished yet. 700 year old olive tree. Pleasant stop.
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