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The Kız kalesi (“Woman’s fortess”) is an ancient fortess located on the top of the hill in about 5 km from the center of Mardin near Eskikale village. The history of this interesting sight is not known. It is hard to find any information about this place and tourist’s guide books are silent about it.
You can visit the Kız kalesi before Deyrulzaafaran Monastery or Dara Antique city. But you shold know that there is no road to the top of the hill where the fortess was built. So you need to climb up the loose slope.
One local legend says that a long time ago there was a palace on the top of the hill belonged to the daughter of the king. But as you can see at the photos below riuns of the Kız kalesi don’t look like vestiges of a palace.
I heard another version that this fortess was build by the ancient Romans and it was a part of the defensive line of the Roman Empire.