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Safranbolu which is famous with its historical houses is established by an Ion Princess. The city and its surroundings has seen many civilizations like Roman, Byzantine, Seljukians and Ottoman. Safranbolu was an important roadhouse on the Kastamonu-Gerede-Istanbul part of the silk road.

Safranbolu was included in the "List of World Inheritance" bu UNESCO in 1994 and became a world city because of its success in protecting its natural heritage. Safranbolu has 1008 traces that are being protected in the natural tissue as an expression of the historical and cultural wealth. Rock Graves, mounds, Cinci Ýnn and Turkish Bath, Köprülü Mehmet Pacha Mosque, İzzet Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Yemeniciler Arastası, İncekaya Water Vault, Houses, Fountains and Tombs are some of the traces that has survived.

Safranbolu has won its first fame with its houses that have a traditional and special architecture. These houses are wonderful architecture samples that shows Turkish society life of 18th and 19th centuries. These splendid houses which carry the effects of crowded family structure, economic wealth and local climate properties are defined as "Five sided architecture" because of their roofs.

Safranbolu houses are buildings with 2-3 floors, 6-8 rooms, balconies, lots of windows in every room. In these buildings; esthetical use of stone, unbelievable quality of wood work, ornaments of wall and ceilings, pools inside the houses, stairs and door knockers...
All of them are magnificent.

In house settlement neighborhood was the most important thing people care. Narrow streets with Albanian pavement made people closer.

Safranbolu has very interesting natural beauties besides its historical dimension and houses. Saffron plant which can paint a liquid of 10 times heavier to yellow and gave its name to the city; grows in safranbolu and is very important for the city. The other famous crop of Safranbolu is Çavuş Grape. Safranbolu is besides known with its delight.

By introducing Safranbolu increasing interest develops tourism here. Today Safranbolu is an interest focus of cultural tourism.

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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2006 at 12:24 PM

    xclnt descirption of the 5 facade roofs n housing, it's on my eventually list ;-)))

  • honeybal's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2006 at 3:50 AM

    memleketimi tanýttýðýn için teþekkürler cagri, bir dahaki sefere Amasra'yý gormeni de tavsiye ederim.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 11:01 PM

    Safranbolu is a lovely place!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2005 at 1:49 PM

    Safranbolu looks like a city with some interesting antiquities to offer--thank you for sharing it with V.T.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 1:00 PM

    Hi Cagri! Nice tips! When you say you paid 25 million for the hotel, I hope that was Old Turkish Lira and not new ones ;-)



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