This tiny island off the west coast of the town is just a few hundred meters from the mainland of Kusadasi, and connected by walkway.
It contains a fortress, which was constructed by the Ottomans and restored and strengthened in 1834.
When Cruise Ships dock in Kusadasi Port, they actually become neighbors with the Pigeon Island for a day.
It accompanies the Cruisers by giving them a great view if they prefer not go to Ephesus Sightseeing Tours and stay in their rooms.
Kusadasi was an important defensive port along the Ottoman Aegean coast, and the fortress helped prevent attacks coming from the islands.
It is now a relaxing place with landscaped terraces and several tea houses and snack bars.
In the fortress section where the Turkish Flag is, the Citadel has a Watchtower, to day it is used as an exhibition area for crafts and a Whale Skaleton.
In the outdoor courtyard of the Citadel there is a selection of various species of plants and Trees forming a small botany garden. In the hot summer days the vegetation and the breeze gives a nice feeling to the visitors.
Almost every little county has it's Citadel in the Agean region. In Ephesus, there is Ayasuluk Hill known as Selcuk Hill.
On my ephesus tours I also mention about Ayasuluk Hill being near the water once the siltation had not affected the geology of Ephesus area. But this picture might give us an idea how Ayasuluk Hill of Ephesus looked once.
Pigeon Island and It's Citadel is known as the symbol of Kusadasi town, not only that but also a completion of Kusadasi's Vista.
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