Seytan Castle

Seytan Castle
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Castle Facts:

Location: Cildir, Ardahan Province, Turkey.
Built: 1064,
Condition: intact.
Ownership / Access: --
Notes: Seytan Castle (Turkish: Seytan Kalesi, Georgian: ????? ????) is a castle in the cildir district of the Ardahan Province in Turkey. While there is no certain evidence regarding the castle's builders, it can be inferred, by comparison with the architecture of other castles in the area, that the castle was built by the Urartu. Ekvtime Takaishvili reported the existence of a prison in the castle. It is mentioned in the chronicles of Alp Arslan in 1064. The castle is located 1.5 kilometers northeast of the village of Yildirimtepe. The cliffs surrounding the castle were as important to its protection as its walls. The castle was used continuously from the Hellenistic era to the Ottoman period, and was renovated or modified by each of its occupiers. It hosts cisterns, a staircase that descends to the water and a chapel. The name of the castle, meaning "the Devil's castle", originates from the myth that an evil spirit or a devil was sighted in the area in the past, which still survives as a superstition among the area's inhabitants.

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