Çorum is not only famous for its grilled chickpeas called leblebi, but it also has an important historical significance. It is indeed around this Anatolian city that the Hittites established their realm in the 2nd Millennium BC.
In the city centre you will find a beautiful clock tower. Built in 1894 by Yedi Sekiz Hasan Paşa, a Turkish marshal, it is 27,5-metre high and has since become the symbol of Çorum.
In the old district located around this tower there is a number of old buildings, the most noticeable being the superb Velipaşa Han. It was built 150 years ago and will soon be restored by the municipality.
Some of the craft businesses, like the bicycle repair shop, will take you back to a different era.
The most impressive building of Çorum is without a doubt the magnificent and unmissable museum. It opened its doors in 1968 but was originally located in a different building. It’s only in 2000 that it was moved to its current location, an imposing edifice from 1914 which once served as a hospital before becoming an agricultural school, then a superior school and finally a museum.
It has an interesting collection of diverse artefacts such as vases, jewellery, ancient coins, statuettes and weapons dating from the Chalcolithic (6000 to 3000 BC) to the Byzantine era. Amongst these treasures are also some valuable findings discovered in Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire, and Sapinuwa, a major Hittite religious and administrative centre.
The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the ancient royal tomb located in the archaeological room of the museum. It is one of the six famous tombs discovered in Alaca Höyük, another important Hittite settlement. The remains of the body show that the deceased were buried in the fetal position.
The visit of this museum is a great introduction to your journey in the Land of the Hatti and will help you familiarize yourself with this extremely rich civilization.