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Yoros Castle and Anadolu Kavağı, Türkiye

As mentioned at the start of this post, the final version of my road trip outside of Istanbul was not overly ambitious. Shorter driving distances and fewer points on the itinerary meant that I could spend more time lingering in places like Bursa and Cumalıkızık and also left me a bit of extra time to stop by Yoros Castle on the Anatolian coast in the northern part of Bosphorus.

Here is the view towards the northernmost of the three soaring spans across Bosphorus, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, just a few kilometers from where the strait connects with the Black Sea.
Yoros Castle
This trio of trawlers suggested rich fishing stocks in nearby waters.
Yoros Castle
And here is the approach to Yoros Castle.
Yoros Castle
Fortifications existed on this spot from the early days of the Byzantine Empire, and the castle was strengthened to its most ferocious shape sometime in the 13th century. In the first half of the following century up until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, it belonged to the Genoese – it is sometimes referred to as the “Genoese Castle” – and by that virtue is included on the same tentative World Heritage submission as the Galata Tower.
Yoros Castle
It certainly did not survive in the same shape as the Galata Tower.
Yoros Castle
You can step into one of the openings seen in the above perspective for a reasonably impressive interior look.
Yoros Castle
Yoros Castle
Yoros Castle
Yoros Castle
Another perspective of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge from what is left of the castle’s outer walls.
Yoros Castle
And here is the view towards the coastal village of Anadolu Kavağı, with the castle towering over it.
Anadolu Kavağı
Anadolu is reasonably colorful, but somehow of the number of pictures I took in the village only the waterfront appears interesting. The rest of the perspectives would not make the cut for this post if I had a larger set.
Anadolu Kavağı
Anadolu Kavağı
Anadolu Kavağı
Anadolu Kavağı
Anadolu Kavağı
A look at the village of Sarıyer across Bosphorus from Anadolu.
Anadolu Kavağı
We’ll explore additional perspectives of the Bosphorus Strait within general boundaries of Istanbul in the next installment.