Byzantine castle in NW Turkey left to its fate
Over time, the castle has been partly destroyed by the hard waves of the Aegean Sea. The walls of the castle have collapsed and its stones have been taken away by the waves. The coast is filled with pieces of the historic structure.
Treasure hunters have also played a large role in the accelerated destruction of the castle, ruining its walls. Local villagers, who are fed up with the plundering of the castle, have filed a number of complaints.
A report prepared by the preservation board stated the castle was in a desperate situation because of illegal digging at the site and environmental factors.
The report also said there were pithoi (giant storage vases) inside the castle. The board had registered the castle and declared it a first-degree archaeological site in 2012.
The castle is under protection on paper, yet there are no guards at the site to protect it, as the structure’s struggle against the waves and illegal excavations continue.
Photos by Kadri Baltakıran/Arkeofili.
Author: Ömer Erbil | Source: Hurriyet Daily News [April 04, 2016]