PoliticsThe city has a reputation of being conservative, religious and ultra-nationalistic sitting in the heartland of the Milli Hareket Partisi which is the closest thing to a fascist party to be found in Turkey. Despite this, the people here have a calm acceptance of foreign visitors.
Things to do in KayseriIt has a flourishing business centre with traditional produce of raw textiles and carpets that are sold from medieval hans and the town was an important strategic location with a long history leaving it with magnificent monuments.
Other popular attractions are the Sultansazlığı Bird Sanctuary and Mount Erciyes which is great for summer picnics and for skiing in winter.
The glossy Kasseria Shopping Centre is a 15 minute walk out of town, has cinemas playing movies in the English language and is good for some retail therapy.
HistoryAncient settlements in the area date from the 4th millennium BC and the ancient Chalcolithic site at Kültepe is 21km away that in Hittite times was composed of two settlements;
Places to Visit in Kayseri
Covered MarketsThe city has some very beautiful buildings that are still in use today and has three covered markets in the town centre, all from different periods; the Bedesten was built in 1497; the Vezir Hanı built in 1727 and the recently restored covered bazaar was built in 1859 and has 500 individual shops. The citadels towering walls made from black volcanic rock are a good place to begin touring from and is where a 6th century fortress once stood but what you see today was built in 1224 by Selçuk Sultan Keykubad and has undergone much restoration, most of which was carried out by Mehmet II who also constructed the small Fatih Camii mosque.
Anatolian Mosque ComplexThe first Anatolian mosque complex to have been built was by the Selçuk’s in 1239 and is the Hunat Hatun which has a 13th century mosque and its medrese is one of the best and most beautiful examples of Seljuk architecture in all Turkey.
Ulu MosqueAnother ancient mosque includes the Ulu Mosque, and Kayseri is known as the “city of mausoleums” because of the large number of tombs that are here.
Gurgupoglu House MuseumThe Gürgüpoğlu House museum has ethnographic items; the Kayseri Museum displays early Bronze Age, Hittitie, Assyrian, Hellenistic and Roman artefacts; and there is a huge Armenian church, the Surp Kirkor Lusuvoriç, which gives testament to the importance of Kayseri during the Byzantine Christian times.
TransportationThe town has a main bus station, train station and airport and the tourist office has timetables available for all of these along with lists of hotels and restaurants.
FacilitiesAccommodation here ranges from budget to mid range and there is a wide variety of places to eat.
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Turkish Food Recipes
Leeks with Carrots and Olive Oil - Vegetable Courses
Rice with Anchovies - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Fried Aubergine with Yogurt Sauce - Vegetable Mezes
Garnished Rice - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Lamb Shank Kebab with Vegetables - Red Meat Courses
Turkish Minced Beef Pide - Red Meat Courses