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Summary Information About Amasya

Amasya Province is a province of Turkey, situated on the Yeşil River in the Black Sea Region to the north of the country.

 

The provincial capital is Amasya, the antique Amaseia mentioned in documents from the era of Alexander the Great and the birthplace of the geographer and historian Strabo. In Ottoman times Amasya was well known for its madrassas, especially as a centre for the Khalwati Sufi order. The district is also home to the Ottoman Turkish leader Kara Mustafa Pasha.

 

Amasya, between the Black Sea and inner Anatolia, lies at the centre of a region of fertile plains crossed by the Yeşilırmak, Çekerek, and Tersakan rivers. Despite being near the Black Sea, Amasya has hot summers and moderately cold winters. Amasya is an agricultural province known as the best apple growing province in the country, and also producing tobacco, peaches, cherries and okra

There is an airport in the district, open for civilian flights since 2008. Previously, it was used only for military purposes. There are daily one-hour flights from/to Istanbul.

Population

335331

Area

5520,00 km 2

Location

Districts

6

Municipalities

8

Towns

one

Villages

372

History of Amasya

Archaeological research shows that Amasya was first settled by the Hittites and subsequently by Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians, Greeks, Persians.

 

An independent Pontic kingdom with its capital at Amaseia was established by the Persian Mithridatic dynasty at the end of the 4th century BC. By 183 BC, the city was settled by Greeks. Amaseia was captured by a force led by the Roman Lucullus in 70 BC and was quickly made a free city and administrative center of his new province of Bithynia and Pontus by Pompey. By this time, Amaseia was a thriving city, the home of thinkers, writers and poets.

In 1075, ending 700 years of Byzantine rule, Amasya was conquered by the Turkmen Danishmend emirs.

 

During the 13th century the city passed under the control of the Mongol Ilkhanate, and was ruled by Mongol governors.

After the disastrous Battle of Ankara in 1402, Mehmed I fled to Amasya, which (along with nearby Tokat) became his main residence and stronghold during the Ottoman Interregnum.

 

As a result, the city enjoyed a special status under the Ottomans. A number of Ottoman princes were sent to the province of Amasya (the Rûm Eyalet) as governors in their youth, from Mehmed II in the late 14th century to Bayezid II in the 15th century, through to Murat III in the 16th century.

 

Suleiman the Magnificent often stayed in the city, and even received the Habsburg ambassador Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq there. Already distinguished a cultural centre under the Seljuks, Amasya now “became one of the main seats of learning in Anatolia”.

 

In 1919 Amasya was the location of the final planning meetings held by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk for the building of a Turkish army to establish the Turkish republic following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. It was here that Mustafa Kemal made the announcement of the Turkish War of Independence in the Amasya Circular.

Districts of Amasya

  • Amasya
  • Göynücek
  • Gümüşhacıköy
  • Hamamözü
  • Merzifon
  • Suluova
  • Taşova

Point of Interests in Amasya

The province of Amasya is known for producing high-quality, small, well-flavoured apples. The Amasya-Tokat region the main area of production. The city is not so developed industrial terms, but is attractive and well-preserved, especially when sitting by the river, which has a particular mystique on a winter evening when fog fills the valley. Tourists (and soldiers from the local base) contribute valuable income to the shopkeepers. The railway line from Sivas to Samsun runs through Amasya, and there is an attractive Ottoman-era railway station.

 

The city of Amasya has some nightlife, mainly bars and cafes for visitors, and some basic restaurants. It is not a very conservative city, unlike other central and eastern Anatolian cities. Social life in this city, partly owing to tourism, becomes more animated especially during the summer period. Many international circus groups visit this city. June 12 is a festival date for Amasya during this time, with many cultural and sporting activities on offer.

 

Let's see the cuisine of Amasya

  • İBİK ÇORBASI
  • SIKMA TARHANA ÇORBASI
  • TIRTIL BAKLAVA (OKLAVADAN SIYIRMA)
  • ŞINGIR KEBABI
  • AMASYA KEŞKEĞİ
  • DOLMA İÇİ
  • BAKLA DOLMASI
  • UNUTMA BENİ TATLISI
  • AYVA GALLESİ
  • PATLICAN ÇULLAMASI
  • NOHUDULU AMASYA ÇÖREĞİ

For more information about Amasya

https://www.kulturportali.gov.tr/turkiye/amasya/genelbilgiler

 

For more information, you may visit the official government website of AMASYA

http://www.amasya.gov.tr/

 

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