Gaziantep, a 2,000-year-old castle in Turkey, was badly damaged with debris scattered on the road, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6.
Several fortresses to the east, south and southeast of the historic Gaziantep Castle in the central district of Sahinbey were destroyed by the earthquake, debris scattered on the road, Turkish state news agency Anadolu news.
According to archaeological excavation documents, Gaziantep was the first castle built by the Hittite Empire as an observation point. The circumference of the circular castle is 1,200 m. The walls are built of stone and the castle consists of 12 towers.
Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that several fortresses to the east, south and southeast of Gaziantep Castle were damaged, with debris scattered on the road.
Iron railings were scattered on the sidewalks around the castle. The retaining wall beside the castle also collapsed. In some fortresses, large cracks were observed.
The dome and east wall of the historic Sirvani Mosque, adjacent to the castle, have also partially collapsed.
Gaziantep Castle is located in the central district of Sahinbey, Gaziantep province, is a historical site, a tourist attraction in southeastern Turkey. This place is on the must-visit list when visiting Gaziantep province.
Built as an observation point, Gaziantep Castle has stood still for nearly 2,000 years and many battles.
Gaziantep Castle consists of 12 towers around, in the middle are the cellars, moats are still quite intact.
The courtyard of the castle does not have many items to visit, except for some excavated areas, which are open to tourists. Even so, the castle is still a great place to admire the panoramic view of the city from above. Photo: Getty, CNN.