Elazig > Harput Castle
 Harput Castle 

Situated over the rocks which are dominating the Elazig plain and history of the citadel goes back to Urartu period.

There are rooms and secret passageways carved into rocks during the Urartian era  in the Citadel. It is known from historical documents the castle was dominated by Romans, Byzantiums and Arabs.

According to a legend;  milk was used and mixed to the cement of the constructure in order to have a stronger structure therefore citadel also known in some sources as milk castle .

Castle many times renovated especially during the principalities period of Anatolia  . Castle improved and got bigger with the new parts added in years .

The main entrance of the citadel is in the easternside facing to Harput district. Besides main entrance there are 2 gates located in North and Western sides with the Metris and Dag kapi names .

Castle formed by  two separate part ( interior castle and exterior castle ).  Castle mostly built by the rough cut and chipped stone blocks and the masonry used in the architechture of Citadel was superb. 

Interior castle has a small area in size however a mosque ,  bazaar, water cisterns and granaries were fit in the area.

The fascinating view of  the Elazig and Harput from the castle is impressive .

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