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SAFRANBOLU

Coordinate:41º15’22.54’’K 32º41’29.83’’D Height: 489 m

Safranbolu was an important colchicum production center in the past and its name comes from here. It is an important example of Turkish city culture with its Safranbolu houses, history and cultural values. There are 2000 houses built in 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. These houses are mostly big mansions inside a garden, mostly three-story and with many rooms.

 

The mosque which was built by Köprülü Mehmet Pasha in between 1661 and 1662 is named after him in bazaar area. The bazaar area also forms the center of Safranbolu. There are 95 sundials belonging to Ottoman period in its courtyard. Izzet Mehmet Pasha, Vizier of Selim III, built a mosque which is named after him in 1796. This vizier also built a clock tower and 116 meters long Incekaya Aqueduct.

In the bazaar area, Cinci Han which was built in the mid-17th century shows the commercial activity of the period. Souvenir shops are located in Yemeniciler Arasta adjacent to Mosque of Köprülü Mehmet Pasha.

 

Yörük Village, 11 km away, is a small model of Safranbolu. Safranbolu is in “the Historical Heritage List” of UNESCO with its cultural heritage and historical pattern.

Must-see places

Houses of governors, Kileciler Mansion, the City Museum, Mosque of Köprülü Mehmet Pasha, and Mosque of Izzet Mehmet Pasa.

Do Not Return Without Doing

Food: Safranbolu Delight, Safranbolu Baklava, Safranbolu Bükmesi, pancakes, Well Kebab, Pastry.

Shopping: A variety of souvenirs can be purchased from shops concentrated in the market region, Yemeneciler Arasta, the Blacksmith and Coppersmith Bazaar.

Activity: International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival, in the last week of September.