Alanya

Red Tower (Kızılkule) – Historical Landmarks in Alanya

Red tower, one of the iconic structures of Alanya; It was built by Alaaddin Keykubat, the emperor of the time, in 1226 during the Seljuk Empire Period. Since it is difficult to lift the heavy stone blocks after a certain height during its construction, the upper part of the tower consists of baked red bricks.

In order to increase the strength of the tower, the white part of the egg was used in the interior mortar of these bricks. The yellow part of the egg was applied to the outer surface of the bricks. Egg yolk is known to give the Tower its red color. Therefore, this tower is named as the Red Tower.

Red Tower (Kızılkule)

The Red Tower, which was built to protect the port where the trade is made and to prevent possible attacks on the castle from the land, has a width of 29 meters and a height of 33 meters. The Red Tower is also used as an ethnography museum. The entrance and the 5th floor of the tower are arranged as a museum area. Activities such as painting exhibitions and classical music concerts are held in the building at different times.

The building, which looks like it has a simple plan from the outside, has 5 floors and each floor has a different plan. Located in the center of the Red Tower, there is an octagonal cistern on its pillar that acts as the main carrier. Apart from that, for good defense, there are beveled observation battlements and openings with visors in front of each floor.

If you are interested in historical buildings, you can visit this building or participate in cultural and artistic activities that are held in the building from time to time.

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