Safranbolu: A Town of Traditional Houses

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Safranbolu a town of Karabük is in Northwest of Blacksea Region and its population is nearly 50.000 people. Safranbolu’s history is approximately 3000 years old and hosts many different kinds of civilization in this time period.

Safranbolu has amazing traditional houses
Safranbolu has amazing traditional houses

By means of these different civilizations today it reaches a very impressive cultural richness. Especially Ottoman Traces such as baths, mosques, fountain, bridges and unique halls are very impressive and fascinate people. In 1994 it has listed as a World Arcitecture Heritage Cities by UNESCO and also in Europe Historical Cities Union Congress held in Rhodes in 2003 it was chosen one of the best protected city in 20 cities of Europe.

Nowadays everything turns into artificial: morals, art, tendencies. However a forgotten historical treasure meets you in Safranbolu. Not to be charmed by this natural beauty is impossible. Its Castle, Clock Tower, mansions that belongs to 18. and 19. centuries, fountains, mosques, Turkish baths, bridges have a history of centennials felt men like in a time tunnel.

The pool inside the Safranbolu Asmazlar Konağı
The pool inside the Safranbolu Asmazlar Konağı

You can walk through the narrow streets with rough cobblestone pavement, lean against the walls 200 years old, drink natural fountain water in every corner and in a guild cafe enjoy your coffee with Turkish delight made of Saffron a herb that gives the name of city.

Safranbolu Old Government Building and Clock Tower
Safranbolu Old Government Building and Clock Tower

Together with its unique historical identity there are many natural beauties in Safranbolu such as caves, canyons, plateaus, historical villages, vineyards, Saffron gardens, king and rock graves, Turkish Delight with a unique taste. All these beauty makes Safranbolu an important tourist centre.

Cinci han, is an old hotel and has 48 rooms
Cinci han, is an old hotel and has 48 rooms

You can find many historical places and ancient traces all over the world but some of them are protected some of them are blasted whereas Safranbolu is a historical artifact as a whole city. Therefore, definitely you must come and see this charming town of Turkey.

Must do things and must see places in Safranbolu

  • Watch the panorama of town from Hıdırlık Hill and Castle of town
  • Visit Safranbolu House Museums
  • Visit and shopping in Blacksmith and Coppersmith Bazaars.
  • Stay in Historical Mensions.
  • Visit Safranbolu City History Museum
  • Taste local food such as Zerde a special dessert made of Saffron, Safranbolu Bükmesi a traditional pastry, Baklava traditional Turkish Desert and Turkish Delight made of Saffron

A traditional house of Safranbolu
A traditional house of Safranbolu

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