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Merzifon, a charming Anatolian town

The Ottoman bazaar

The Ottoman bazaar

Merzifon is a small Anatolian town located north-west of the famous city of Amasya. Although it is not a well-known destination amongst tourists, its Ottoman atmosphere and unique charm will win you over.

The medrese (koranic school) was built in the first quarter of the 15th century by Mehmed I and bears the sultan’s name. A magnificent clock tower built in stone and brick work was added to the structure in 1865 by Ziya Paşa, the administrator of the region of Amasya. This addition blends perfectly into the landscape and enhances the original building. Read the rest of this entry »

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Çorum, a city at the heart of the Hittite region

Çorum Museum

Çorum Museum

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Great Mosque and the Armenian Church of Sivrihisar

Ulu Cami

Ulu Cami

Ulu Cami, also known as the Great Mosque in English and the Armenian Church are the two unmissable jewels of Sivrihisar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sivrihisar, a small Anatolian town that’s well worth seeing

Traditional houses of Sivrihisar

Traditional houses of Sivrihisar

Located approximately 100 kilometres south-east of Eskişehir, the small Anatolian town of Sivrihisar counts just over 20 000 inhabitants. Little-known to most tourists, it has an interesting heritage and is worth a visit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex

Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex

Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex

Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex is located in Seyitgazi, a small town 43 km      south-east of Eskişehir. It was built over the centuries on the hill where Mesih Castle was once located. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eskişehir, an Anatolian city full of treasures – Part III

Archaeological Museum - Demircihöyük Necropolis

Archaeological Museum – Demircihöyük Necropolis

In addition to the beautiful Ottoman houses of Odunpazarı and the many green spaces, the pleasant city of Eskişehir is also home to a number of museums. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eskişehir, an Anatolian city full of treasures – Part II

Traditional Ottoman House in Odunpazarı

Traditional Ottoman House in Odunpazarı

 

In the previous article, we started our journey through Eskişehir with the Porsuk River and the multiple green spaces in its surroundings.

Today, we will discover Odunpazarı, one of the most attractive districts of the city with a vast amount of magnificent traditional Ottoman houses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eskişehir, an Anatolian city full of treasures

Porsuk River

Porsuk River

Eskişehir is located 315 km away from Istanbul and is reachable by high speed train in 2 and a half hours and by bus in 4 to 5 hours depending on the coach station. This Anatolian city has many assets that are likely to appeal to tourists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kars, a city too often forgotten that is well worth seeing

Citadelle de Kars et le vieux pont

Kars citadel

    In the famous novel “Snow” Orhan Pamuk describes the city of Kars and its peculiar wintry atmosphere. Although little-known to most tourists, Kars is not without interest. Located at a height of 1,500 m, it has one of the harshest climates of Turkey during winter but can be visited in the spring and summer months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iskenderun, a Turkish city with a French past

Frenh cemetery

      The city of Iskenderun, situated 60 kilometres north of Antioch (Antakya) and located on the eastern Mediterranean coast on the banks of the Gulf of Iskenderun, doesn’t seem too appealing at first sight. Read the rest of this entry »

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