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Early history.

Located in the Yesilirmak valley,archaeological finds show that many civilisations have flourished in the area.The first going back to 5500B.C. but the more recent are the Hittites,the Kimmers,the Iskits,the Medes,Persians,the Hellenistic (Persian-Ponts),the Romans,the Byzantine,the Seljuk and the Ottoman Empire.
In the Hittite era it served as a centre of religion.In the Hellenistic the Capital of the Kingdom.Later it became a centre of culture where scholars,scientists,artists and poets lived.Well known historical figures like Geographer Strabon,Murad II,Bayezid II,Yavuz Sultan Selim,the master of calligraphers Seyh Hamdullah,the physician Sabuncuoglu Serefeddin and the first Ottoman poetess Mihri Hatum have all lived in Amasya.
It also played an important role during the War of Independence (1919-22).The idea of the foundation of the Modern Turkish Republic was first mentioned here in a written document,the Amasya Notice (June22, 1919).The famous statement "Independence of the nation will be realised by its self-determination" was also made here.

The Pontic Kings tombs are the most visible monuments in the valley,there are 21 of them in total.

Named after the mountain it sits on,it sits on 8 defensive levels and was first started around 3200 B.C.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots to see and do.
  • Cons:Can't say there are any.
  • In a nutshell:Well worth 2 days at least.
  • Last visit to Amasya: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • marsistanbul's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Hi Mark,u've been in Amasya..Borabay too..I was there..u remembered my childhood,my relatives were living in there..great tips&photos..but u missed "the Legend of Ferhat&Shirin" :) selamlar..

  • Sep 11, 2006 at 7:46 AM

    Nice page about small city. I was born in Tokat but I couldn't visit Amasya, yet.


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