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Ehmedek - Egri Gate


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This is where the Hellenistic architecture fades to stop before leaving the town. After Aladdin Keykubat invaded Alaiye, the Seljuks did not ruin the found architecture but built what was necessary on top of it. This used to be where the commander of the fortress lived. It was built a year after the Kiziikuie was. The large tower of Ehmedek consists of a couple of parts. It contains many water tanks, Turkish baths and stoves. All of Alanya can be seen from this tower. The grands of the Seljuks were hosted here when they came to Alanya. This monument has been well preserved at all times and it is noted that Savcızade Emir Karaman restored it last time in 1423. I am going to mention more about the mosques found in the Tophane region and in the fortress region with the other historical mosques.Aspect of Alanya from the Ehmedek


According to the epigraph it was built in 1227. This gate is very different from the others. The view from this point is spectacular. You can watch the city center and the deep blue sea of Alanya from 150-160 meters height. The Taurus Mountains also look very marvelous from this point. In one of the towers is also a Turkish flag. From this gate you can observe that the walls of the fortress are made of larger bricks and are taller than the rest. It's like this all the way to Ehmedek. You can see specialities preserved from various periods: The Hellenistic feature of the large bricks, the late Byzantine period and the architecture of the Seljuks and the Ottomans. This gate is not in use today and is kept closed. This gate is special to the people of Alanya. During Ramadan in the days when there was no electricity, a gun would be fired to let the people know it was time for dinner and they would come here to watch this. The sound of the fire would echo from the Taurus Mountains and even all the nearby villages would hear. Though there is no more need for this, as there is electricity and clocks, the tradition is kept and the gun is still fired even today. There are three more gates which are secret and used for military purposes. The most important is the one near the lighthouse. There is a little Byzantine church similar to the ones near the Arab Saint. This is said to be where the priests retired to obscurity. The Alaiye Rulers of the time would coin money here and it has been preserved as a mint. Still today people come here to make wishes like the Greeks used to once upon a time. Special traditions continue at where is called Erkapi. Now let's mention about the inner fortress which is used for military purposes. There is no entry here at the moment. The entry is on the south side. You can enter the museum here but the curving path is passing the lighthouse. This museum is directed by the directorate of museums of Alanya and a fee is paid to enter. The directorate has decided to use the original gates from this year on.

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