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Kastamonu, an Anatolian town to discover

on 06/06/2014

Kastamonu

The city of Kastamonu, situated in the Black Sea Region, is a lesser known tourist destination but it certainly deserves to be seen.

Kastamonu had a complex history over the years. Already occupied in 2000 BC it was home to the Hittites, the Persians, the Macedonians and the Seljuqs. In the 12th century the Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos fought against the Turks in order to keep the power over the city. The Mongols also took Kastamonu before it fell into the hands of the Ottomans.

Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, chose this city to instigate the Dress Code Revolution, which led to the banishment of the fez on November 25th 1925

Kastamonu’s imposant citadel, which lies on top of a cliff, offers a wonderful panoramic view. It was partly built during the Byzantine era and was later restored by the Seljuqs during the 11th and beginning of the 12th century, and again by the Ottomans.

A pleasurable 1-kilometer stroll through the streets of the old city, where many beautiful Ottoman houses have been restored, will lead you to this impressive building.

In the midst of the city centre you will find the magnificent Nasrullah Mosque. It was commissioned in 1506 by Nasrullah Kadı, a judge of the Ottoman Empire. Made of cut stone it has 6 domes and is the most important mosque of Kastamonu.

There are many other public buildings that are worth seeing, such as the prefecture, built in 1902, and the old 19th-century city hall, which is now a hotel.

While strolling in the centre you will also find some handicraft shops, which are located in an old koranic school, two 15th-century caravanserais, the Asirefendi and Ismail Bey Hans and several fountains as well as hamams, all built during the glorious Ottoman Empire.

 


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