Siege of Antalya

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Siege of Antalya
Part of the Byzantine-Seljuk wars
Date March 1207
Location Attalia (modern-day Antalya, Turkey), Asia Minor
Result Seljuk victory
Belligerents
Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm
Commanders and leaders
Aldobrandini Sultan Kaykhusraw I

The siege of Antalya or siege of Attalia[citation needed] in March 1207 was the successful Turkic capture of the city of Attalia (today Antalya, Turkey), a port in southern-western Asia Minor. The capture of port gave the Turks another path into the Mediterranean although it would be another 100 years before the Turks made any serious attempts into the sea.

The port had come under the control of a Tuscan adventurer by the name of Aldobrandini, who had been in the service of the Byzantine Empire, but reputedly mistreated Egyptian merchants at that port. The inhabitants appealed to the regent of Cyprus, Gautier de Montbeliard, who occupied the town but was unable to prevent the Seljuk Turks from ravaging the adjacent countryside. Sultan Kaykhusraw I took the town by storm in March 1207, and put his lieutenant Mubariz al-Din Ertokush ibn 'Abd Allah in charge as its governor.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Claude Cahen, Pre-Ottoman Turkey: A General Survey of the Material and Spiritual Culture and History c. 1071-1330, 1968 (New York: American Council of Learned Societies, 2014), pp. 119f