With its dramatic mountain-and-riverside setting, its charming old houses, mosques and antiquities,Amasya is among Turkey’s undiscovered treasures.
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 at night.
More about Amasya? Read Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea, my humorous travel memoir.
—by Tom Brosnahan