Amasya Turkey where Yeşilırmak passes in the middle of the city has maintained its importance in all periods because of its location. It was the center of Pontus Kingdom, founded at the begining of the 3rd century B.C. Amasya Castle can be seen a steep rocks landing to Yeşilırmak overlooking to the city. 18 Rock (King) Tombs carved on the slopes of the castle belong to Pontus Kings. Famous geographer Strabo (64 B.C. – 23 A.D) was also born and died in Amasya.
Amasya was passed into the hands of Turks after Malazgirt victory in 1071. Sultans gace a special importance to the city during the Ottoman rule which started in 1392. It is also known as City of Princes for princes administrating the city. Murat II and Sultan Selim the Excellent from Ottoman sultans were also born in Amasya.
Amasya Turkey was an important center throughout the history and it is very rich in terms of historical monuments. Works belonging to various civilizations dominated the region are exhibited in chronological order in Amasya Museum Hazeranlar Mansion, built in 1872 and one of the examples of beautiful Amasya house can be visited as a home museum.
Byzantine Church which was built in 610 was converted into a mosque getting the name Fethiye. Seljuk Burmalı Mosque (1237- 1247) and Gökmedrese Mosque (1266 – 1267) are important Seljuk works. The only work reached from Ilhanlı period is İlkhan Bimarhane which was built in between 1308 and 1309. The hospital where medical education was given until the mid- 19th century, mental patients were treated with music.
The first Ottoman work in Amasya Turkey is Gümüşlü Mosque which was built in 1326. Külliye of Bayezit II (1485 – 1486) which consists of a mosque, a madrasah and a mansion, Bayezid Pasha Msoque (1414) and Kapı Ağa Madrasah (1488) which is exotic with its octagonal plane scheme are the main structures.
Attractions of Amasya Turkey
Amasya Castle, Rock Tombs of the King, Mirrored Cave, Ferhat Water Canal, Burmalı Minaret Mosque, Halifet Gazi Vault, Gökmedrese Mosque, Yörgüç Pasha Mosque, Bayezid Pasha Mosque, Sultar II Bayezid Complex, Kapı Ağa Madrasa, Şirvanlı (Azeris) Mosque, Çilehane, and Taşhan.
Amasya Turkey Famous for: Muscadine (diamonds), its rock tombs and the prines who were educated here during the Ottoman period.
What You Should Do in Amasya Turkey?
Food: Fork Soup, Sakala Çarpan Soup, Göbek Farci, bacon gagallemesi, Dene Hasudası sweet, Bridal finger, Gömlek Dessert, don’t forget me Sweet, Amasya apple.
Shopping: Various handicraft products: Samovar.