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The castle of Yılankale (Govara)
it was built in the 11th century as a crusaders castle - along the road from Antakya that later crosses the Taurus Mountains. It has 8 round towers, and the entrance gate is to the South. The garrison part of the castle, on top of the hill, has a church as well as a cistern. It was first called Govara, but by the time Evliya elebi, a famous travel author mentioned it in 1671 its name was Şahmeran Castle. Hence the current name, he suggested snakes with haired necks that were horn-headed lived here. From the castle, on a clear day that is, one can see several other of the 40 castles the region contains.

Yılankale
Orta ağda 11. Yyda yapılmış Halı kalelerindendir. Ovadaki diğer kaleleri de grş alanının iine alan kalenin 8 yuvarlak burcu vardır. Girişten itibaren taş basamaklı merdivenlerle teraslara ıkılmaktadır. kalede kilise ve sarnıda bulunmaktadır. Eski adı Govara olan kaleyi, 1671 yılında buradan geen Evliya elebi Şahmeran Kalesi olarak tanıtmıştır. Ensesi tyl ve boynuzlu yılanların yaşadığını alaycı bir dille ifade etmiştir. nl Şahmeran hikayesinin kaynağı da işte bu kaledir. Yılankale, Adanaya 30 km. mesafede, nemli kalelerden birisidir.

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