|Since Cesme was easily
accessible from Izmir I decided
to visit. The main (only)
attraction was the Castle.
|The courtyard of Cesme Castle.
The origin of the castle is unclear.
Certainly portions were built by
the Genoese (15th Century).
|This odd feature in the courtyard
of the castle seems to be an
amphitheatre of some sort.
|Rooftop view of Cesme from the
roof of the Cesme Castle tower.
|Cesme harbour and the Aegean
as viewed from Cesme Castle.
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|A curious looking house near the
Castle battlements. The Castle is
built on the side of a slope and
the walls are not tall.
|What appears to be an old
building under renovation.
|The battlements of Cesme castle.
The tower is for a Mosque added
to the castle.
|Me standing on the clearly
restored battlements of the Castle.
|There is a sort of desert garden
planted in the fore courtyard of
|The Castle is also a Mosque with
a large collection of old
|An olive oil mill. Not that old it
dates from the 20th century.
|The steps leading into the upper
courtyard of the castle.
|Standing next to a canon pulled
from the sea in the Castle
courtyard. The canon was likely
from the Naval battle of Chesma.
|A small museum located in the
Genoveze tower of the castle.
|A canon from the Sv. Evstafii the
Russian flagship ship of the line
which sank at the Battle of
|The battlements and canon on
top of the Genoveze tower of the
|One of the towers of the castle.
|An Ottoman sword in the
museum in the castle.
|Between the gatehouse and the
first courtyard wall of the castle.
|A statue of Admiral Cezayirli Gazi
Hasan Pasa (1714-1790) a commander
who survived the Turkish Naval defeat
at Chesma. He domesticated a lion
while a Barbary pirate.
|Kaplan Giray Khan (1680-1737)
the Khan of Crimea. The Giray's
were considered second only to
the Ottoman Emperor.
|The Aegean Sea and Cesme
Harbour. A sea side tourist resort
town so there are a number of
restaurants and hotels along the
|Cesme Castle from the harbour.
An attempt to get the entire castle
in a photo.
|Breakwater near the harbour
|Someone going for a swim in the
|It was hard to get a photo of
Cesme Castle from outside as the
town has grown up to its walls.
The round tower is the Genoveze
|A clever mural paint on a
retaining wall along a highway
passing near Cesme.