Kastamonu Kalesi

From Kastamonu’s city center, it’s easy to make your way up to the castle district and Kastamonu Kalesi. On the way, you’ll pass two historic mosques. The first is the 1547 Yakup Ağa Camii. The second is the Atabeygazi Camii, built in 1273.

Yakup Ağa Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

Yakup Ağa Camii

Yakup Ağa Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

Yakup Ağa Camii

Atabeygazi Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

Atabeygazi Camii

The castle district is where a high concentration of historic Ottoman homes can be found. At the time of my visit they were actually better observed from far away as many of them were under restoration or an eyesore from up close.

Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu

Ottoman home in Kastamonu, Turkey

Ottoman home

Ottoman home in Kastamonu, Turkey

Ottoman home

Up a steep path past several souvenir stands is the Kastamonu Kalesi. It was originally built by the Byzantines under the Komninós family. It was later conquered and rebuilt by the Selçuks and Ottomans.

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

The castle itself is impressive although there’s not much to see at the top.

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

The dizzying views are even better than the castle itself and the best reason to visit.

Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Kastamonu Kalesi

View from Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

View from Kastamonu Kalesi

View from Kastamonu Kalesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

View from Kastamonu Kalesi

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