Alania Funicular

Alania Funicular

Alania Funicular
8/11/2020 10:37:38 AM
Side Tour
In 2017, a cable car was opened in Alanya, which originates near the damlatash cave and ends in the heart of the old city - an ancient fortress of the 13th century. Its construction was planned for more than one year and finally came to life.

To the top of the mountain leads one road, which is constantly loaded with tourist buses, sightseeing jeeps (the highlight of local tours of the city), taxis and personal transport. In this regard, the construction of a cable car in Alanya significantly unloaded this traffic flow.

The lift consists of 14 cabins, each with a capacity of 8 people. Cabins are suitable for boarding and disembarking every 20 seconds, slowing down for the convenience of passengers. The road is built using the latest technologies, which contribute to the ascent of the mountain in almost any weather. The aerodynamic characteristics of the cabins allow them to be in the same position and not to sway from the gusts of wind.

The road has two stations: the starting point of Damlatash near the cave of the same name, located on the famous beach cleopatra and the end point of Calais on the top of the mountain. The cable car is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the summer and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the winter. The cost of the ticket varies from seasonality, children under 10 years has a discount on the trip. Tickets can be bought both one way and both at once. If you plan to walk around the fortress and then go down on foot, then there is no need to pay for travel in both directions. The opening hours of the fortress and funicular in Alanya may not be the same, so on arrival, clarify this question on the spot. You can visit this attraction during a tour to Alanya from Side.

Funicular in Alanya: Red Tower

The most important attraction of the resort town is of course Kyzyl Kule, which means red tower in Turkish. It is even depicted on the coat of arms of the city. Its construction was facilitated by the coming to power of Sultan Kay-Kubad I. First in 1221 he recaptured the city of Calonoros from the Cilicians and subsequently renamed it in his honor - Alaye.

First of all, the sultan began to expand and strengthen the walls, then built a unique shipyard, which at the same time could not only build and repair ships, but also shelter the ready fleet. All this had to be defended and for this they built the famous Red Tower. Its design and construction was carried out by the Syrian architect Ebu Ali Reha El Kettani, whose name is still imprinted on the wall to the right of the entrance to the fortress.

The tower was tentatively ready in 1924. It has an unusual octagonal shape, the width and height of the walls is the same - 30 meters. At the same time it can accommodate 2000 people, and the upper observation deck can accommodate up to 40 soldiers. At the top there are 56 observation decks, from where round-the-clock surveillance of the sea was conducted.

In addition to her defensive function, she had another equally important one. In the center of the building, a huge water tank is mounted along the entire height. Thus, the fortress could survive not only the offensive from the sea, but also the siege.

Today Kyzyl Kule is one of the most visited places in Alanya. In the basement of the tower is a museum, and rising to the top you will find yourself on a huge terrace, which offers a beautiful view of the city, located at the foot of the fortress.