Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Cesme, Turkey

 September 27, 2022 – Cesme, Turkey


This morning we actually docked in the city of Cesme rather than anchoring and tendering in.  In ancient time Cesme was called Cyssus and had many springs and mud baths, surrounded by the waters of the Aegean Sea.  Today the harbor is dominated by a large upscale marina with space for vessels up to 60 meter megayachts, and a castle built in 1508.  The castle was built to defend the coast from attack by pirates and later used by the Rhodes based Knights of Jerusalem.  Today the castle is a museum and a venue for the international Cesme Music Festival in July.  The head of the marina has been developed with high end shops and waterfront restaurants.  The center of town has a bazaar with low end tourist goods.

Many of the recently embarked passengers used this stop to visit Ephesus.  Today was windy and overcast, but warm enough with a high of 75 degrees.

Gazi Hasan Pasha with pet lion guarding the castle, 
he was the naval commander at the battle of Cesme

The upscale marina dominating the waterfront
Cesme Castle
The bazaar area before it really opened up
Upscale shops at the marina
Ancient cannons at the castle entrance

Ancient moat around the castle

The castle from our ship

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