Ankara Castle

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Ankara Castle
Panoramic view of Ankara Castle
Ankara Castle is located in Ankara
Ankara Castle
Location within Ankara
Ankara Castle is located in Turkey
Ankara Castle
Ankara Castle (Turkey)
Established7th century AD
LocationAltındağ, Ankara, Turkey
Coordinates39°56′30″N 32°51′54″E / 39.94167°N 32.86500°E / 39.94167; 32.86500Coordinates: 39°56′30″N 32°51′54″E / 39.94167°N 32.86500°E / 39.94167; 32.86500
OwnerRoman Empire
Byzantine Empire
Seljuq Turks (1071)
Crusaders (1101)
Byzantine Empire
Seljuq Turks (1227)
Ottoman Empire

Ankara Castle (Turkish: Ankara Kalesi) is a fortification from the late antique / early medieval era in Ankara, Turkey.

History & architecture[edit]

The castle is composed of an inner line of walls with closely spaced towers that encloses an area of about 350m by 150m, and an outer line of walls with towers some 40m apart. Both set of walls were constructed using large quantities of reused masonry. The exact date of their construction is uncertain, but both postdate the capture and destruction of Ankara by the Persians in probably 622. Foss considers that the inner walls may date from the reign of Constans II. The outer walls are generally believed to have been constructed slightly later.[1]

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  1. ^ Clive Foss, Late Antique and Byzantine Ankara in Dumbarton Oaks Papers Vol. 31 (1977), pp. 70-72.

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