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Maiden Castle (Kızkalesi) or as it used to be called Korykos, is a small town situated 60 km west of Mersin. The town attracts visitors attention with its climate, beautiful sight, wide beaches and clean sea. Today this coastal town can be regarded as one of the hidden treasures of the Mediterranean with its nature and historical value.

It is known less than the Blue Lagoon (Fethiye) and its surrounding which is accepted as the most beautiful place of Turkey. Compared with the regions that tourist attraction is dense, everything here is more peaceful and calm. It is very much suitable for families with its wide beaches. Around the town there are many archeological sites to visit. You can also attend tours from Maiden Castle to Cappadoccia and legendary Nemrut Mountain. Also Petrus Church in Antakya (The second biggest mosaic museum in the world), Saint Paul well in Anamur is close by.

Maiden Castle (Kizkalesi) had its name 85 years before. The legend that has been told by the local residents caused this name to be given.

According to Herrodotus this city was founded by the prince of Cyprus, Korykos. When Syrian King Antonious the second, in 197 BC counquered Eygpts coasts again, for the first time this citys name is mentioned. Roman authors Livius, Pilinius, Cicero and the governer of Tarsus of those times mentioned Korykos in their works. In Byzantium time, in other words in 5. and 6. century the city had its glorious times. In 1361 it was counquered by Lusignen from Cyprus and later in 1448 was conquered by The Sultan of Karaman Ibrahim. After this, the city was embodied to Ottoman Empire in 1482.

There are two medieval castles in the city, Korykos Castle and Maiden Castle. Korykos castle is on the tip of a peninsula. It consists of two forts. In the internal courtyard you can see the small churches and long aisle. The construction of the castle was started by Romans and after five phases it was completed by Cypriots. Maidencastle was built on a small island 200 mt far away from the seashore. You can see under the sea the remnants of the connection bridge from the seashore to Korykos.

Shortly with the holiday you will make in Maiden Castle via daily tours you will have the chance to visit: Kanlıdivane, Paradise and Hell Caves, Narli Well (It is famous for its cold clean sea and delicious fish restaurants on the bay), in Silifke; Silifke Castle, Uzuncaburc, Silifke Museum, Ayatekla Church, and the historical sites nearby. If you like from Silifke, Tasucu you can go to Cyprus and add different colors to your holiday. Also among the places you can visit daily we can add Aydincik, Ovacik and Anamur, Anamurium and Anamur Castle that have clean and virgin bays.

The story of Maiden Castle:

Once upon a time there was a king living in this region who loved his daughter very much. According to the myth, one fortune teller had said to the king that his daughter would be killed by a snakebite.

Upon this, in order to protect his daughter the king built a castle within the sea. Time passed by and the girl grew up in the castle. But inevitably, from a fruit basket which was taken brought to the princess, the snake came out and killed her by its bite.

What was left behind was the lonely king. These events lead the castle in the sea to be called as Maiden Castle.

Kizkalesi, eski adıyla Korykos, Mersin'in 60 km. batisinda bulunan kucuk bir ilcedir. Iklimi, gorulmeye deger manzarasi, genis kumsallari ve temiz deniziyle ziyaretcilerin buyuk ilgisini cekmektedir. Bugun bu sahil seridi, tarihi yerleri ve dogasiyla Akdeniz'in sakli hazinelerinden biri olarak gorulmektedir.
Turkiye'nin en gzel yeri olarak kabul edilen Olu Deniz ve civarına gre daha az bilinmektedir. Turistlerin yogun bulunduğu yerlere oranla burada her sey biraz daha sakin ve huzurludur. Genis plajlari ve harika kumsali ile aileler iin son derece uygundur. İlce civarinda gorulmeye deger bircok arkeolojik kalinti bulunmaktadır. Kizkalesi'nden dzenlenen Kapadokya ve efsanelesmis Nemrut Dagi gezilerine de katilma olaginiz vardir. Buradan Antakya Petrus Kilisesi'ne (Dunyanın ikinci buyuk mozaik muzesi), Tarsus'ta Saint Paul Kuyusu'na ve Anamur'a ulasmaniz son derece kolaydir.

Kızkalesi bu isme 85 yıl once sahip olmustur.Yasayan sakinleri tarafindan anlatilan efsane denizdeki kalenin Kizkalesi adini almasina sebep olmustur.

Herodot'a gore bu sehir Kibris'li prens Korykos tarafindan kurulmustur. Suriye Kralı 2. Antonius, MO.197 'de Misir kiyilarini tekrar ele gecirdiginde tarihte ilk defa bu sehrin isminden sozedilmistir. Romali yazarlar Livius, Pilinius, Cicero ve o zamanlarin Tarsus Valisi eserlerinde Korykos'dan bahsediyorlardi. Bizans doneminde, yani 5. ve 6. yuzyillarda sehir en iyi gunlerini yasamistir. 1361 yilinda Kibris'li Lusignen tarafından ele gecirilmis, daha sonra 1448 yilinda Karaman Sultani Ibrahim Bey tarafindan alinmistir. Bunun sonunda da 1482 yilinda Osmanlı Imparatorlugu'na dahil edilmistir.

Sehrin resmini iki ortacag kalesi olan Korykos Kalesi ve Kizkalesi olusturmaktadir. Korykos kalesi o zamanlar yarimadanin ucunda bulunmaktadir. Iki hisardan olusmaktadir. Ic avluda kuuk kiliseleri ve uzun koridoru gorebilirsiniz. Kalenin yapimi Romalilar tarafindan baslatilmis ve bes etapta Kibris'lilar tarafindan tamamlanabilmistir. Kizkalesi kiyidan 200 mt. uzaklikta kucuk bir ada uzerine yapilmistir. Daha onceleri kaleden Korykos'a uzanan bir baglanti koprusu kalintisi denizaltinda gorulebilmektedir.

Kizkalesi'nde yapacaginiz tatil sayesinde, gunluk gezilerle, Kanlidivane, Cennet ve Cehennem Magaralari, Narli Kuyu (Soguk, temiz denizi ve koydaki lokantalarda lezzetli baliklariyla meshur.), Silifke'de Silifke Kalesi, Uzuncaburc, Silifke Muzesi, Ayatekla Kilisesi ve civardaki tarihi kalintilari gorme imkanınız olacaktir. Silifke, Taşucu'ndan isterseniz Kıbrıs'a gecerek tatilinizi renklendirebilirsiniz. Daha otede temiz ve bakir kiyilarıyla Aydincik, Ovacik ve Anamur, Anamurium ve Anamur Kalesi bu bolgeye gunluk gezilerle gidilebilecek yerler arasindadir.

Kızkalesinin Hikayesi
Bir zamanlar blgede yaşayan kralın , ok sevdiği bir kızı varmış.Sylenceye gre bir falcı Krala , kızının yılan sokarak leceğini kehanetinde bulunmuş..
Bunun zerine Kral kızını koruyabilmek iin denizin iinde bir kale yaptırmış.Aradan zaman gemiş kız kalenin iinde bymş..Fakat efsane bu ya kaınılmaz , prenses iin getirilen meyve sepetinin iinden ıkan yılan onu sokarak ldrmş

Geride ise yalnız bir Kral kalmış.Bu yaşananlar denizdeki kalenin adının Kızlalesi olarak kalmasına neden olmuş.

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