Afyon Kalesi

It was a dizzying climb up the massive rock in the middle of the city to Afyon Kalesi (Afyon Castle). It was not easy, especially in the freezing cold.

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

I had to pace myself and eventually got up to the top in about 20 minutes, stopping to admire the views on the way up. Along the way there were a few kids selling çay, coffee, water, and snacks. The walk was steep at times but it didn’t feel unsafe.

The steps up to Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

The steps up to Afyon Kalesi

The view on the way up to Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

The view on the way up

At the top are the ruins of a castle. There has been some sort of fortress on top of the rock since Hittite times.

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

I was exhausted but the views from the top were well worth the hike. I don’t think I’ve seen such an exhilarating view before, staring over cliffs that drop straight down into the city below. It was dead silent except for the howl of the wind, adding to the drama of the moment.

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Kalesi

The view from Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

The view from Afyon Kalesi

The view from Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

The view from Afyon Kalesi

While looking down on the city, I spotted some of the important buildings that I had just visited.

Zafer Meydanı from Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Zafer Meydanı

İmaret Camii from Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

İmaret Camii

Sultan Divani Mevlevihanesi from Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Sultan Divani Mevlevihanesi

Ulu Cami from Afyon Kalesi in Afyon, Turkey

Ulu Cami

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