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The castle of Yılankale (Govara)
it was built in the 11th century – as a crusaders castle - along the road from Antakya that later crosses the Taurus Mountains. It has 8 round towers, and the entrance gate is to the South. The garrison part of the castle, on top of the hill, has a church as well as a cistern. It was first called Govara, but by the time Evliya Çelebi, a famous travel author mentioned it in 1671 its’ name was Şahmeran Castle. Hence the current name, he suggested snakes with haired necks that were horn-headed lived here. From the castle, on a clear day that is, one can see several other of the 40 castles the region contains.

Yılankale
Orta çağda 11. Yy’da yapılmış Haçlı kalelerindendir. Ovadaki diğer kaleleri de görüş alanının içine alan kalenin 8 yuvarlak burcu vardır. Girişten itibaren taş basamaklı merdivenlerle teraslara çıkılmaktadır. kalede kilise ve sarnıçda bulunmaktadır. Eski adı Govara olan kaleyi, 1671 yılında buradan geçen Evliya Çelebi Şahmeran Kalesi olarak tanıtmıştır. Ensesi tüylü ve boynuzlu yılanların yaşadığını alaycı bir dille ifade etmiştir. Ünlü Şahmeran hikayesinin kaynağı da işte bu kaledir. Yılankale, Adana’ya 30 km. mesafede, önemli kalelerden birisidir.

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  • Copyright: ayfer aldanmaz (ayferaldanmaz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 170 W: 0 N: 133] (1085)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-05-06
  • Categories: Castles
  • Camera: Canon
  • Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-05-07 8:01
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