Vahe Achikian

Houses Zeytun

Zeytun Ermeni Qalesi is what was referred to this fortified mansion atop the craggy hillock overlooking Zeytun town. It was built by an Armenian priest-architect by the name of Der Emmanuel in 1815, and was the residence of the Sourenian clan of Nazareth Agha Surenyan 1870’s through 1904. The Surenoglu Qale collapsed during a Cilician earthquake in the 1930’s and the Turks never rebuilt it. It is bare land and trees now on top of the craggy hill with a few stone remnants of the old fortified mansion remaining there in 2016.

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