Snake Castle

This is a place me and a buddy went to check out the ruins. This was quite a hike and fun to see the view of the city from an elevated approach.

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Yılankale, Yilan, Ilan-kale, Shah-Meran Kale(Kurdish) or Castle of the Snakes is a large medieval crusader castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey, built on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan river. Its medieval name is unknown – the current name “Castle of the Snakes” is either due to a Turkish legend in which it belongs to the king of the snakes (Youngs 1965), or according to its Kurdish name it rather refers to the carving of a figure holding a sceptre, mistaken for a snake, above the main gateway (T. S. R. Boase et al., 1978) and its construction and use are associated with Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. (Wikipedia)

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