Levonabert (Levon’s Castle) was built in the 12th century during the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, currently in the territorial boundary of Turkey, the Turks referred (renamed) the castle as Yilankale (Castle of the Snakes), although Turkish guides and historians rewrite the historic reality of Cilicia calling it a “Crusader Castle” Kristian Molin agrees, “the horseshoe-shaped towers projecting from the curtain wall are characteristic of Armenian castle architecture...

Levonabert (Levon’s Castle) was built in the 12th century during the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, currently in the territorial boundary of Turkey, the Turks referred (renamed) the castle as Yilankale (Castle of the Snakes), although Turkish guides and historians rewrite the historic reality of Cilicia calling it a “Crusader Castle” Kristian Molin agrees, “the horseshoe-shaped towers projecting from the curtain wall are characteristic of Armenian castle architecture...

Yılankale ("Castle of the Snakes"), also known as Levonkla is a medieval castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey, built on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan river by Cilician Armenian king Leo (Levon) I. Photographed by Jacqueline Poggi

Yılankale ("Castle of the Snakes"), also known as Levonkla is a medieval castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey, built on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan river by Cilician Armenian king Leo (Levon) I. Photographed by Jacqueline Poggi

Yılankale ("Castle of the Snakes"), also known as Levonkla is a medieval castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey, built on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan river by Cilician Armenian king Leo (Levon) I. Photographed by Jacqueline Poggi

Yılankale ("Castle of the Snakes"), also known as Levonkla is a medieval castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey, built on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan river by Cilician Armenian king Leo (Levon) I. Photographed by Jacqueline Poggi

CrusadersArmenian Kingdom of Cilicia King Hetoum by EmpiriaJewelry, $39.00

CrusadersArmenian Kingdom of Cilicia King Hetoum by EmpiriaJewelry, $39.00

Turcja - Armenian Cylicia- Twierdza Mamure. Wybudowana przez ormiańskiego króla dla ochrony przed piratami. WyFile:Turkey, Anamur - Mamure Castle 03.jpg

Turcja - Armenian Cylicia- Twierdza Mamure. Wybudowana przez ormiańskiego króla dla ochrony przed piratami. WyFile:Turkey, Anamur - Mamure Castle 03.jpg

Yılankale (Turkish for "Snake Castle") is a late 12th–13th century Armenian castle in Adana Province of Turkey. It is located on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan River, six kilometers west of the town of Ceyhan. It is almost entirely built of well coursed squared, probably limestone, blocks.

Yılankale (Turkish for "Snake Castle") is a late 12th–13th century Armenian castle in Adana Province of Turkey. It is located on a rocky hill overlooking the east bank of the Ceyhan River, six kilometers west of the town of Ceyhan. It is almost entirely built of well coursed squared, probably limestone, blocks.

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