There is no sufficient information about when was and by whom was founded Alanya. The oldest known name of the city is Korakesium. Later on the Byzantium era, its name formed into Kalanoros.
In the 13th century the Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I (1200-1237) took over the control of the city giving it the name Alaya.
The Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I conquered the castle defeating the Christian ruler of Alanya Warta Cyrus in 1221.
Following this, the Sultan built a palace for himself. Seljuks used Alanya as a capital and as a winter residence and was developed a lot.

Ataturk named the city as Alanya when he visited it in 1935.

Enjoy the view of a almost 1000 years old capital city.