Mancınık Castle

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Mancınık Castle
Mersin Province, Turkey
Mancınık Castle, Mersin province, Turkey.jpg
Mancınık Castle is located in Turkey
Mancınık Castle
Mancınık Castle
Coordinates36°31′N 34°04′E / 36.517°N 34.067°E / 36.517; 34.067Coordinates: 36°31′N 34°04′E / 36.517°N 34.067°E / 36.517; 34.067
Site information
Open to
the public
ConditionPartially standing.
Site history
Built byHellenistic age
DemolishedMost of it

Mancınık Castle (Turkish: Mancınık Kale) is a Hellenistic castle ruin in Mersin Province, Turkey.


The castle is situated in Silifke district of Mersin Province, at 36°31′N 34°03′E / 36.517°N 34.050°E / 36.517; 34.050, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) bird's flight to Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the site follow the road from Narlıkuyu and Cennet to north . The last 500 metres (1,600 ft) of the course which detaches from the road to east is actually a rough path. The castle is situated on the clift which overviews the Şeytanderesi canyon to the east. Adamkayalar (which is historically unrelated to the castle) is situated 7 km southeast in the east wall of the canyon.


The first archaeological research of the site has been carried out by Levent Zoroğlu in 1987.[1] The walls are made of polygonal shaped stones, a characteristis of Hellenistic architecture. Also there are few inscriptions. Although these are mostly erased a few words could be read. Hellenistic origin is also confirmed by a decrypted word oikodomos.