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There is more to Turkey's Mediterranean coast than the Mediterranean itself, with spectacular scenery and historical monuments tracing a history going back far in time. Exploring the stretch of coast between Anamur and Silifke east of Antalya is particularly rewarding on both counts. A few kilometres east of Anamur is one of Turkey's best preserved castles, Mamure or Anamur Castle, which was originally built by the Romans in the 3rd century AD, and rebuilt in the 12th century after being captured by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubat. In 1450 it was extensively repaired by Ibrahim Bey, ruler of the Karamanoglu principality, and for this reason aquired the name Mamure, meaning developed or improved. This imposing castle with its 39 towers, turrets and moats is excellently preserved. Silifke, the ancient Seleucia, 100 kilometres southwest of the city of Mersin. was named after Seleucos I, a general of Alexander the Great, who founded the city in the 4th century BC. During the Byzantine period it was renowned for the Church of St Thecla, an important shrine which attracted many pilgrims.

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