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Amasya is one of the provinces in Central Anatolia of Turkey which is distinct both with its natural setup and historical values it holds. It was the homeland of the famous geographer Strabo. Located in a narrow cleft of the Yesilirmak (Iris) river, it has a past of 7500 years during which many civilizations left priceless remains of their times.

The ruins of the citadel on the rock face of the cleft shelters 2000 year old water-channels, 1000 year old bridges, a mental hospital, an Ottoman Palace and a secret underground passageway. On the rock faces there are impressive rock tombs of the Pontus kings, which contribute very much to the attractiveness of the city. At night, when they are illuminated, the view is unforgettable.

The city also has many historically and architecturally precious buildings; the Ferhat water channel, the 13th century Seljuk Burmali Mosque, the 15th century sultan Beyazit Mosque and Complex; the 14th century Ilhanli Bimarhane Mental Hospital with lovely relieves around its portal, the extraordinary octagonal Kapi Aga Medrese (theological school), the Torumtay Mausoleum and the Gök Medrese. There are traditional Turkish mansions which have been well-preserved showing the best examples of Turkish architecture. The 19th century Hazeranlar Mansion has been restored perfectly and now it is of great interest with an art gallery on its first floor and an ethnographical museum on the second. The Archaeological Museum of Amasya has an interesting collection including the mummies of the Ilhanli rulers of Amasya.

As for natural beauty, Amasya is set apart from the rest of Anatolia in its tight mountain valley and hides its own secret beauty. Lake Borabay (65 kms northeast of Amasya) is a crater lake with an amazing view and fresh air. It is a perfect area for fishing (especially trout), for picnicking and for being alone with nature and doing some sports. Yedikir Dam Lake and Omarca National Park are other excursion sites. Terzikoy spa center, a thermal resort, is also worth a visit.

  • Intro Updated Nov 11, 2005
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2007 at 6:19 AM

    another year & another belated Happy Birthday ! ;-)))

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    Aug 31, 2006 at 1:03 PM

    looks really really good !! definitevely ill pass by there next oct

  • rikoriko's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 4:52 AM

    What a beautiful place!! If I have a chance, I wd like to visit there!!

  • davequ's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2005 at 11:29 PM

    Now I have to go shopping for a Semaver. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your pages.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2005 at 2:01 PM

    What a good page - full of interesting info & great pictures Well done indeed!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2005 at 5:54 AM

    Happy (belated) Birthday wishes. What a great job you did on this page. It looks like a very exciting place to visit.

  • Kenward's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 7:46 AM

    Wow, is what I have to say about your incredible travel pages!!! I knew Turkey was beautiful, but man, your pages shows that its incredible. Having seen your pages I have a great desire to visit your lovely country.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 1:13 PM

    Great writings and amazing pictures. Well, I was told that Black Sea coast of Turkey offers rainy weather at time I travelled around Turkey (October/November), it's a pity I skipped it, next time...

  • dlandt's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 12:32 PM

    Great story!!!

  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2005 at 2:12 PM

    thanks for the wealth of info and the wonderful pictures. I am interested in archeology and history: your place looks fantastically inviting! elisabeth

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