On Wednesday we drove 16k to Cimpe Kalesi/Cimpe Castle.
Cimpe is a well preserved hill top fortification dating from the Byzantine era (before 1352) Depending on which history you believe, the fortress was either granted to the Ottoman Turks by the Byzantine Emperor or taken at night by Suleyman Pasha (son of the Ottomon ruler Orhan I) and thirty-nine men. I enjoyed reading Wikipedia's version of events. The fortress has been recently whitewashed and the walls plastered or covered in concrete. It may have been used during World War I and II.
|There is no admission charge and no interpretation of the site with the exception of this sign.|
|There are many little buildings, built into the hill top. Walking around this large site, we had the impression that we could see only a small portion of the fortress. For a view inside see the post Cimpe Kalesi - Part III Family Photos.|
|Behind the little buildings a deep trench remains of what seems to be either a courtyard or perhaps a building which has lost it's roof.|
|The trench is overgrown in many places and the bottom is soggy from the winter's rainfall.|
|Book ends or mirror images. There's one of these structures on either end of the castle.|