THE STRUCTURE, WHICH IS A ROCK MASS WITH VOLCANIC CHARACTERISTICS, GRABS THE ATTENTION OF TOURISTS WITH ITS EAGLE’S NEST APPEARANCE.
Having a 5 thousand year old history, the Afyonkarahisar Castle that has given the city of Afyonkarahisar its name has been striking people with its landscape and majesty, as well as its stunning defensive position since its establishment in 1350 B.C. The structure that is a natural rock mass with volcanic characteristics grabs the attention of tourists with its eagle’s nest appearance.
The 226-meter high structure that was ordered to be built by the Hittite King Mursil-II during the Arzawa Battle was first called Hapanuva, later during the Roman and Byzantium ages Akroenos, and then finally Karahisar since the Seljuks. The castle consists of two sections, the interior and exterior castle. The Maiden Castle is located on the top of the castle. The Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat had a mosque, a warehouse, an arsenal and a water cistern built here. He hid the Seljukian State Treasury here. Selim II, who had this place renovated in 1573, named this castle Afyonkarahisar after the opium poppy (Afyon) grown here.
550 steps to reach the top
This castle resembling an eagle’s nest, which was renovated numerous times especially during the Seljuk and Ottoman Eras and was expanded with multiple annexes, has little contact with the land. The castle can be climbed by stairs, carved in rocks. In the structure that can be climbed through 550 steps, a sharp trail located in the southern section is still climbable; even though it has multiple damaged parts. Take a look at the striking view from the Maiden Castle.