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The history of Safranbolu dates back as far as 3000 BC.The town was once a Roman province, hosting many civilizations including; the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuk’s and Ottoman Empires.During the 17th century Safranbolu was on the main Ottoman trade route, famously known as the silk route.  This brought commerce, prominence and money to Safranbolu and became a popular residence for Ottoman Royalty.

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Safranbolu is a town in the Black Sea region of northern Turkey, once a stop on the trade route between Europe and the Orient. Its Ottoman architecture includes the old  Carsi district, with hundreds of preserved, red-roofed Ottoman houses on cobblestone streets. Cinci Han is a 17th-century caravansary with rooftop views over town. Nearby, Tarihi Cinci Hamam is a restored 17th-century bathhouse, still in operation. Safranbolu Travel Guide help you to Discover Safranbolu more. Also you can join our well and custom designed related Turkey Tour Packages to visit Safranbolu.

The biggest and developed district of Karabuk in Turkey, the magnificent town, Safranbolu, was placed in 200 kms north of Ankara, 100 kms south of Black Sea region and 65 kms far away from the sea shore. Safranbolu is  place of where symbolizing the humanity, friendship, common life culture, the enchanting town,  not only a splendid dance of aesthetic and art but also it makes a strong friendship between the land and human, wood and stone, the city and nature, death and life.

Turkey’s most thoroughly preserved Ottoman town is so gloriously dinky. Safranbolu’s old town, known as carsi , is a vision of red-tiled roofs and meandering alleys chock-a-block full of candy stores and cobblers. Having first found fame with traders as an isolated source of the precious spice saffron, people flock here today to recapture the heady scent of yesteryear within the muddle of timber-framed mansions now converted into quirky boutique hotels. Spending the night here is all about soaking up the enchanting Ottoman scene – all creaky wooden floors, exuberantly carved ceilings and traditional cupboard-bathrooms. A day at the old hamam or browsing the market shops and revelling in the cobblestone quaintness is about as strenuous as it gets, but if history begins to feel a bit like old news, then hiking in the wondrous Yenice Forest nearby, remapped and rediscovered, will show you exactly why Unesco stamped this region as a World Heritage site in 1994.

Safranbolu Houses

Safranbolu Houses

These houses are wonderful samples of old civilian architecture, symbolizing the Turkish public life between 18th and 19th centuries. The size and the planning of the houses are deeply impressed by extended families, in other words all members of a big family living together in one house.

The effective architecture of their roofs has caused them to be named as “Houses with five facades”. Two or three storeys consisting of 6 to 9 rooms, the houses are narrow and long planned. Its rooms are completely special and contain huge window location allowing refreshing light and the ladies were able to see the narrow streets while sitting on wooden made sofas.

All sections of those buildings such as the elegant woodwork and carved wall and ceiling decorations, the banisters indoor beetle come together to form a unique harmony of architectural aesthetics and Turkish art.

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If you’re heading into Turkey’s vast central Anatolia region, put Safranbolu on your sightseeing list.

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From the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century, Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East–West trade route. The Old Mosque, Old Bath and Süleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu’s architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire.

Safranbolu is famous for its charmingly well preserved Ottoman Turkish houses dotted around its cobbled streets, as well as other famed must see architecture. It is one of the most beautiful small towns in Turkey with its extraordinarily Ottoman townscape.

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