Hebilli Castle

Hebilli Castle is a ruined castle in Mersin Province, Turkey

Hebilli Castle: Location

The castle was built by an Arabic commander named Kalah Habellieh in the 7th century. The name of the castle, as well as the village, refers to its commissioner.

Hebilli Castle: The building

The two-storey castle is a small castle with outer dimensions 14 m × 20 m. It was probably an observation castle. The outer walls were made of face stone while the inner walls were of rubble stone.


Hebilli is a village in Akdeniz district of Mersin Province, Turkey. (Akdeniz district center is a part of Greater Mersin). It is situated to the north of Çukurova Motorway in Çukurova (Cilicia) plains. The distance to Mersin is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi). The population of the village was 526 as of 2012. The population of the village is largely composed of descendants of Turkish refuges from the island of Crete (now part of Greece) during the last years of the 19th century. There is an Arabic castle ruin in the village built in the medieval age. (see Hebilli Castle) Main economic activity of the village is citrus farming.