İçkale (Citadel)

On top of the peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean, within the confines of the fortress walls, on the site of the magnificent palace of Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat, sits the citadel.

On top of the peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean, within the confines of the fortress walls, on the site of the magnificent palace of Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat, sits the citadel. Opposite the ruins of the palace is a small church. This clover-plan church dates to the 6’ century. The church stands as proof of the religious tolerance that prevailed during the Seljuk Sultanate. On the cliffs behind the church is a viewing terrace called “Seyirlik” which offers magnificent vistas of the shores of Alanya as well as the Taurus Mountains. The citadel occasionally houses arts and crafts exhibitions.

An interesting story ¡s attached to the lçkale. According to this story, the cistern that sits in from the cliff-edge is known as the “Throwing Platform”. The cistern, which is 15 metres deep, was also used to hold prisoners condemned to death. The story goes that every condemned man had the right to throw three stones from the platform. If one of their stones fell into the water without first touching the cliff face, the condemned man was reprieved. Otherwise, they were placed in a sack and thrown over the cliff. Although this gave prisoners hope of reprieve, the layout of cistern, cliff and sea made it impossible to successfully throw to the water. So there was actually no real chance for any condemned to escape a horrible end.