Yılankale, Adana Province Turkey

On the way to Antakya, drive about 40 minutes east from Adana, I found a ruin on a hill and decided to go to there.

Distant views of an old castle, photos taken from car window.

Distant views of an old castle, photos taken from car window.

Approaching the ruins of the old castle.

Approaching the ruins of the old castle.

Graveled mountain path

Graveled mountain path

I climbed the steep hill over rocks and stones on foot.

The mountain path

The mountain path

Arrived at the top of the hill.

Arrived at the top of the hill.

Yılankale (Snake Castle)

Yılankale (Snake Castle)

Yılankale (Snake Castle) is a late 12th – 13th century Armenian stronghold and Crusader castle in Adana Province. It is known in Armenian as Levonkla (Levon’s fortress) after its founder – King Leo I the Magnificent (1198 – 1219) of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.

Looking down from the ruins.

Looking down from the ruins.

The Snake Castle has 8 towers and strategic beautiful views of the Ceyhan plain below.

Snake Castle and Yılankale Village

Snake Castle and Yılankale Village

Yılankale is a village in Adana province Ceyhan. It has a population of 150 (in 2000).

Yılankale Village

Going down the hill to the Yılankale Village

Since this was unplanned action, I went down the hill hurriedly.

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