Sunday, January 22, 2017

POYRAZKÖY GENOESE CASTLE

Poyrazköy, Beykoz - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°12'29.0"N 29°07'53.0"E / 41.208056, 29.131389

Poyrazkoy Genoese Castle / Beykoz photo poyrazkoy_castle111.jpg

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Poyrazköy is one of the villages nearest to the Black Sea and is located on the Anatolian side of the Istanbul. From the minaret a bridge leads out to the gun emplacements and ammunition stores and a great view. Although the village is located on top of a hill, there is a road leading to the beach just before the village. Poyrazköy is an excellent place for a break or for shelter while sailing from Istanbul to the Black Sea.

Like every settlement in Turkey, Poyrazköy has a mosque. Located along the sea, a sign hanging over the entrance indicates it was built in 1441 and restored in 1990. According to an elderly man who was sitting on a bench facing the sea, there is a sakal-ı şerif (a strand of the Prophet Muhammad’s beard) inside. Poyraz Harbour Castle The distant between here and the cape of Garipçe, on the opposite shore, is 1690 metres. It rises up to about 30 metres above sea level.

The project for this castle was realised by Baron de Tott, recommended by the King of France, who Sultan Mustafa III had consulted on the subject of strengthening the defence systems of Istanbul. In the course of analyses, draws attention to the remains of a similar two-storey, circular structure with a diameter of 22 metres found in the vicinity of Garipçe Castle. The remains of this structure, encircled by alternately small and large flat brick, arched windows, closely resemble the remains in Garipçe.

The Structural Characteristics of Poyrazköy Castle is built on a rectangular plan stretching out to the west and has broken corners, just like the Garipçe Castle on the opposite shore. Its length is 160 metres, and its width has an average of 35 metres. Its concrete additions show that this castle was given more importance that in Garipçe, and that it was used for a longer duration.

Although the village is located on top of a hill, there is a road leading to the beach just before the village. The beach is not very long however but has some cafes and restaurants nearby. Poyrazköy is naturally protected from the rough winds and currents and is therefore a suitable choice for yachts and boats to anchor therefore during the summertime and weekends. It is quite crowed during these times.

Poyrazköy is one of the villages nearest to the Black Sea and is located on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus. In order to reach this pretty village you must pass Beykoz and about 4 km later follow the Poyrazköy-Anadolu Feneri signs.

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