Bozcaada Town

Bozcaada Town is centered around a small attractive harbor filled with colorful fishing boats. It’s beautiful from every angle. The town hall sits on the north end of the harbor.

Harbor in Bozcaada, Turkey

Harbor

Harbor in Bozcaada, Turkey

Harbor

Harbor in Bozcaada, Turkey

Harbor

Splitting the town in half is Cumhuriyet Meydanı, a small square with a statue of the ubiquitous Atatürk. The rest of the town is divided into two sections from here. To the west is the Greek Quarter to the south is the Turkish Quarter.

Cumhuriyet Meydanı in Bozcaada, Turkey

Cumhuriyet Meydanı

The biggest attraction in town is the huge castle, Bozcaada Kalesi. It was built in 1455 after the Ottomans conquered the island, which had been previously deserted by the Venetians. It stands on the site where previous castles used by the Phoenicians, Byzantines, Genoese, and Venetians once stood. It’s open daily from 10am to 8pm.

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

The castle, almost completely rebuilt in 1815, is the best preserved Ottoman castle in Turkey.

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Climb up to the top and you’ll have great views of the courtyard and the town.

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

View from Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

View from Bozcaada Kalesi

While exploring the courtyard, you’ll be able to find some old Ottoman cannons and other artifacts.

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada Kalesi

Ottoman cannons at Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Ottoman cannons

There are also a few old Greek tombstones on display. They were rescued from the dilapidated Greek cemetery.

Greek tombstone at Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Greek tombstone

Greek tombstone at Bozcaada Kalesi in Bozcaada, Turkey

Greek tombstone

On top of the hill overlooking Bozcaada Town is the remains of a castle called Yeni Kale. It was built in 1827 and lies in ruins today. I was too lazy to walk up to it but I was told the views of the town from the ruins are incredible.

Yeni Kale in Bozcaada, Turkey

Yeni Kale

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