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This shot could be better. Just because I took this photo without tripod, it is a bit bent to right side.
Anyway, I want to share it with you for your critiques. Thanks in advance.

Kiz Kalesi, Maiden's Castle, lies 200 metres offshore on a tiny islet in Mersin, a Mediterranean city of Turkey.

There is of course a legend about the castle, just alike of Maiden's Tower in Istanbul. According to the legend, a king prayed night and day that God might grant him a daughter. Finally his wish came true, and a beautiful daughter was born to him. As she grew older, she won everyone's love, not only for her beauty but for her kindness. One day a fortune teller came to the city and the king invited her to palace to learn what the future held in store. When the fortune teller looked at the princess' hand and she fell silent. The king insisted on hearing what she had seen. She told him that his daughter would be bitten by a snake and die. Her father was determined to do everything in his power to avert this fate, and so he built a castle of white stone on a tiny island 60 kilometres away, and sent his daughter to live there. One day, however, a snake concealed in a basket of grapes sent from the palace bit princess and she died. Henceforth, the castle became known as Maiden's Castle.

The walls of the castle are 900 metres long. Lately some concerts have been helt here. Now, Maiden's Castle stands uninhabited, the pirates but a memory and the city it guarded so faithfully in ruins. People can visit there by sailing, or even by swimming.

Later on, I will share another shot of the castle.

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