An immersion into Ottoman culture
Amasra is an appealing little town built within the ramparts of a Byzantine citadel, and known for its pleasant beaches. The area’s major attraction, however, is Safranbolu, an important caravan station on the East-West trade route that reached its height in the 17th century.
For an immersion into Ottoman culture it's just the ticket, as the town itself is a museum. Modern construction is prohibited in its historic neighborhoods, and traditional artisans are encouraged to practice their crafts in restored workshops. Enjoy a stroll down cobbled streets and visit graceful, well-preserved half-timbered houses.
The city of Safranbolu, an important caravan station on the East-West trade route reached its peak in the 17th century, and is a UNESCO Heritage Centre.
Explore the impressive original walls and relics of the Amasra Castle, including the restored 9th-century Byzantine Church Mosque. The Dereağzı Tunnel under the castle leads to a fresh-water pool.
Safranbolu was on the historical Silk Road, which harbored Roman, Bizantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman Empires.
Safranbolu has a past reaching back to the year 300 BC and is a world heritage city with an extraordinary living culture. Safranbolu is a wonderful place to buy safron treats, especially candies.About Land Discoveries + Book Now +
Amasra (Safranbolu), Turkey At a glance