Rize Castle

Rize Castle
Rize Kalesi

A gate of Rize Castle
Location of Rize Castle
General information
Type Castle
Location Rize
Country Turkey
Coordinates 41°01′40″N 40°30′36″E / 41.02788°N 40.51010°E / 41.02788; 40.51010
Completed 6th and 13th century

Rize Castle (Turkish: Rize Kalesi) is a partly-ruined medieval castle located in Rize, northeastern Turkey.

Rize Castle is situated on a hill southwest of the city center, and offers a panoramic view of the city.[1]

The castle consists of a citadel and the lower castle. It is believed that the citadel was built during the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian I (r. 527–565), and the lower castle dates back to the 13th century.[1]

It covers an area ıf 480 m2 (5,200 sq ft). The fortification's walls, built in ashlar and mortar, are 2–20 m (6.6–65.6 ft) high and 2–3 m (6.6–9.8 ft) thick. Between the cylinder-formed bastions, there are overhung support towers in various forms such as square, rectangular and round.[1]

Today, some of the ruined castle walls are buried under reinforced concrete buildings and streets. The castle walls in the southern part were restored in 1989. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism launched a project for the restoration of Rize Castle in 2011.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Kaleler" (in Turish). Rize İl Kültür ve Turizm Müdürlüğü. Retrieved 2016-06-03.

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