What to see in Safranbolu
The old traditional houses and other numerous works of art are all under a preservation order.which is the older area of town and location of most of the winter houses, and Baglar, the location of most of the summer houses. In between is Kirankoy famous for the Greek houses that have excellent quality masonry and was home to the Greek people until the early 20th century. Carsi is the most popular area with visitors and is north of the castle “Eski Safranbolu” and it was here and the surrounding area that the original inhabitants settled.
Carsi and BaglarThe two main areas of interest are Carsi, in the south,
The Hidirlik Hill is to the south and has two monuments used in the past as an open-air venue for rituals and ceremonies, an Old Government Building, a 200 year old clock tower that still works today, and a disused jailhouse.
Historic Mosques in SafranboluThere are also 25 important and historical mosques, the most famous of which are the Koprulu Mehmet Paşa and the Sultan III which were built by Izzet Mehmet Paşa the Grand Vizier to Sultan Selim.
Cinili Hani Caravanserai and Cinili HamamThe town’s most famous building is the recently restored Cinci Hani a caravanserai built in 1645 with the adjacent Cinci Hamam that has separate baths for men and women and is still operating today.
Safranbolu MarketsBoth business and commercial activities of the town are kept as traditional as possible with goods being made and sold in the bazaars like Yemeniciler Arastasi where iron, copper and tin are handcrafted traditionally and the Packsaddle Maker’s Bazaar still maintains its craftsmanship.
Around SafranboluThere are beautiful and natural surrounding areas of dense forest, canyons and valleys all offering visitors activities such as trekking, mountaineering and mountain biking and have places for picnics. Interesting locations include the Ancekaya Aqueduct and Canyon, the houses of Yoruk Village, Bulak and Hizar Caverns, Hacilarobasi, Ucboluk and the rock tombs, Duzce Canyon, Saricicek Plateau and Uluyayla.
Yoruk VillageThis is 11km east of Safranbolu and is a village of old traditional houses that has an atmosphere of an open-air museum. The affluent houses and streets are under protection and are kept in good condition. The interesting sights here include Kaymakcioglu Konagi, Sipahiler Konagi, and Ahsap Camii and Camasirhane which is a restored art gallery. There are also a couple of restaurants that have lovely shaded gardens.
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