Anadolu Kavagi

The village of Anadolu Kavaği and Yoros Castle are a popular day trip from İstanbul. The villagers of Anadolu Kavaği historically depended mostly on fishing for income, but it appears some may have acted as 'wreckers'. Turkish rumors report that they would light fires in order to disorient ships and ground them in the narrow straits, seizing their goods.

At Yoros Castle, the ruins of the citadel and surrounding walls still exist, though the mosque, most of the towers, and other structures are gone. Greek inscriptions remain etched on the walls of the castle to this day, along with the symbol of the Palealogus family, who ruled Byzantium until its fall. The military importance of the site cannot be overstated. In fact, much of the area surrounding Yoros Castle is today in the hands of the Turkish military, who have closed off areas to visitors.

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