Cape Anamur - next to the old Anamurion (windy place -> in Greek) the southernmost antique city in Turkey; the eastern exit of the gulf of Antalya.
It’s history started in late Hellenistic period of the Kommangene (this kingdom built the world famous place of worship on the Nemrud mountain); its last king Antiochos IV was ‘dismissed’ by Vespasian in 72 A.C. and Anamurion was integrated in the roman Empire.
Trade and its perfect place for the ancient coastal trade brought prosperity to the town. In the early time of Christianity in minor Asia, it became an archbishopric. Again and again the ‘harmony’ was disturbed by attacks from mountain tribes.
In 650 A.C. the city perished.
In the 12th and 13th century the Armenian Kings fortified the city and the cape again, an alliance with the crusaders brought some ‘western’ elements in the castle east of the town.
With the decline of Armenia, the town belonged temporarily to Cyprus before the Seldchuks (Emir of Karaman) came, followed by the Ottomans.
Cyprus is only 45 miles away, but passing this corner in a small boat, you feel like being at the end of the world!
I passed the cape several times in both directions and experienced, why the old ones called it a windy place, whenever the cape lies astern, everybody cheers up…
It belongs to ICEL, but that's not to find on TE, sorry
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elihesamian (26149) 2005-04-05 14:43
What a nice location for lighthouse!
You show it very well,Knut!
veryt nice colors and well detailed although with a strong light in that time and a bit hazy in depth I see that is real in that time I think,and you captured well.
Well composed and a very nice view you share here!
And thanbks for this great note,Knut!
I like it.
mismet (1320) 2005-04-05 15:32
What a great place for the lighthouse.You travel a lot through my country which i envy :).Thanks for sharing.
mumek (20196) 2005-04-05 19:36
Good evening Knut!
Very nice view from the boat at the lighthouse. Good natural colors and the details. The note as usual very informative.
I can learn a lot from your excellent notes.Thank you.
bpelvan (3798) 2005-04-06 22:44
Very good capture of the castle and the lighthouse. The natural colors of the mediterranean are very well seen here.
An addition to your note: 25 of 70 kinds of Mediterranean Seal (Monachus Monachus)is being lived here and close shores.
Good job as always and thanks for sharing...