With its dramatic mountain-and-riverside
setting, its charming old
houses, mosques and antiquities, Amasya
is among Turkey's undiscovered treasures.
If you're planning to tour the Black
Sea coast, be sure to stop in Amasya (ah-MAHSS-yah,
pop. 65,000; map) for at least one
night on your way.
Amasya, a provincial
capital, stretches along the banks
of the Yeşilırmak (Green River) in
a narrow mountain defile, with sheer
rock cliffs rising above the town
center. Ancient tombs of the kings
of Pontus (3rd century BCE), carved
right into the sheer rock, are floodlit
Many graceful old Ottoman houses have
been preserved, and a few now serve
as charming boutique hotels, inns & pensions.
sights include several fine 13th-century Seljuk
Turkish buildings, a Mongol
madhouse, and a good little museum which
contains, among other curiosities,
a collection of local mummies! More...
Bus and car are
the best ways to get here. The nearest airport is
the small Merzifon-Amasya Airport,
41 km northwest
of Amasya. More...
You can include Amasya on my Recommended
Itinerary for Eastern
More about Amasya? Read Turkey:
Bright Sun, Strong Tea,
my humorous travel memoir.
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Above, Ottoman houses along the Yeşilırmak river in Amasya. Note the water wheels.