|This was from the walk up, looking back down.|
This castle was either built by the Byzantines or mostly redone by the Byzantines - I do not remember which. I do vaguely remember someone saying the red stones were typical of the Byzantine era.
The next two pictures are the symbols of people who ruled there. I think the eagle on the top is the symbol of the Gattilusio family, who lived in the castle. Beneath it are three more symbols; the middle one is the double-headed eagle of the Byzantine Empire.
|These are four "G's", and one of them stands for "Gattilusio", the family name. I have completely forgotten what the other ones stand for.|
|This was the foundation to the temple or shrine of pagan goddesses. Wikipedia says it's for Demeter, Kore, and Cybele,|
|This would have been at the entrance|
|I believe the guide said this was the powder magazine|
|These are from the Ottoman times|
This next building was built by the Byzantines, but the Ottomans added the bricks to keep the moisture out:
More of the outside:
The next building, which was fenced off, was used as a madrassa, or a Muslim school. Wikipedia says that they can be any type of school, secular or religious, but I'm pretty sure the guide said this one was strictly religious.
And that's the end of the first part. More pictures of the castle next!