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The Red Tower (Kyzyl Kule) in Alanya

The Red Tower

The Kizil Kule Tower is one of the most brightest sights of Alanya. Its image adorns the city's coat of arms. The Tower is one of the surviving examples of Seljuk architecture from the 13th century.

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History and Facts of the Tower

The tower was built by the order of Sultan Ala ad-Din Key-Kubad I and served as a defensive structure to protect the city's sea port. The city of Alanya (Alaiye) became the seljuk empire's sea gates.

The tower takes its name from the red bricks that lined its facade. Originally, the tower was named the Key-Kubad tower.

The first floor of the Red Tower

The tower is 33 meters high, 29 meters in diameter, and each of its eight walls is 12.5 meters wide. During times of war, the tower could accommodate up to 2000 warriors. In peaceful times a garrison of 40 soldiers was stationed here.

What to see

The tower is open to the public, on the first floor you can get acquainted with the history of the tower.

The Mock-up of the Red Tower and the Fortress Wall

The most interesting thing is that here at the top you can see artillery batteries, beautiful views of the lighthouse and the fortress, as well as explore the interior of the tower.

The Interior Space of the Red Tower

On the second floor, you can go to the fortress wall and walk along it.

Fortress wall coming from the Red Tower

Cost of visiting

The ticket price is 30TL.

Opening hours

The Tower is open for visits daily from 09:00 am to 05:45 pm (from November to March) and 09:00 am to 07:00 pm (from April to October).

How to get there

The tower is located near Port Liman with signs pointing to Kizil Kule.

If you are planning a route, we recommend that you first take the Teleferik cable car to the Ic Kale fortress, visit the ruins of the Citadel (the main fortification of the fortress) and follow the road to the Red Tower.

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May 11, 2023

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