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UNESCO World Heritage List - Safranbolu
Safranbolu is the largest and most developed district of Karabük province. 220 km north of Ankara and 90 km south of the Black Sea. The city center is located 8 km north of Karabük, Belden. Safranbolu center and Karabük provincial center are adjacent. Safranbolu has been an administrative and commercial center throughout history due to its geographical location. Hittites, Phrygians, indirect Lydians, Hellenistic Kingdoms, Romans, Seljuks, Candaros and Ottomans ruled in Safranbolu, which was Papalagonia in the Iliad epic of the historian Homeros in antiquity. During the Byzantine period, the name of the city is called Dadybra. In 1196, the name of the city was Zalifre during the Seljuk period. During the period of the principals and the first times of the Ottomans the city was named Borglu and Borlu. As can be seen from 16th century Ottoman Tapu and Tahrir book, Borlu became Taraklıborlu because of Taraklı Aşireti which settled in the locality. Other names used for Safranbolu after Safakbolu in the Ottoman period were Zağfiran-ı Borlu in the mid 18th century, Zağfiran-ı Benderli in the second half of the 19th century, Zağfiranbolu in the last quarter of the 19th century and finally Zafranbolu and Safranbolu. The saffron plant, which gives its name to the city, is a plant with the ability to dye hundreds of times the weight of its own weight. It is used in food, medicine and cosmetics industry. Safranbolu is one of the rare places where this interesting plant is produced in the world. Due to migrations and immigrants in the population, many changes. Today, according to the 2009 Adrese-based census, the population is 51,088. The famous Safranbolu Houses are the most important building blocks of the 18th and 19th century Turkish society, the city culture, and the economy that survive today. All the houses were built for public buildings, religious buildings and monuments in a more central position. The landscape does not close, no matter what kind of house it is. The blueprints of the houses are close, the blueprints of the blueprints are clear, and they are in a position to watch each other. Nature - human - house; street - house, street - market relations are extremely regular and balanced in the neighborhood, as well as in the neighboring neighborhoods dominate. Because no house is blocking the other's opinion. Stone, mud brick, wooden and alaturka tiles are used in the construction of the houses and the gardens are separated from the street by stone walls. December 17, 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage List in Safranbolu received approximately 50,000 in Turkey is hosting the protection of cultural and natural assets 1,125 required. For this reason, the museum is in the city. Having a history of 3000 years, Safranbolu has hosted many civilizations and has reached a daily cultural richness. Especially the inn, hamam, mosque, fountain, bridge and unique mansions from the Ottoman era will awaken admiration. Bazaar and Bağlar are two distinct regions of historic Safranbolu worth seeing. The panoramic view of the city can be seen from the Hıdırlık Hill, which overlooks the vadiyi hill where the bazaar is located. Below is the Cinci Inn and Bath, opposite the castle, clock tower, tannery, old houses, mansions, inns and baths are unfolding as a whole. A similar view can be seen from the Kale and Hasan Dede Kayasi and Şahbalı ridges. In Safranbolu, Cinci Han and Kaymakamlar Evi are two important works that must be visited. Kaymakamlar Evi is organized as a museum house and reflects the typical characteristics of historical Safranbolu houses in the best way. In addition, Manifaturacılar Street, behind Arasta where the houses restored by the Ministry of Culture and Government Street, Bakırcılar Bazaar, Demirciler Bazaar and Yemeniciler Arasta are definitely places to see.
Travelling and Camping in Turkey by Hitchhiking.
Me and my friend went to camping by hitchhiking from Ankara (The capital city) to Burdur, Lake Salda. I give brief information about Lake Salda: Lake Salda known as Maldives of Turkey. It's in Yeşilova Town and 4 km from the town. It's has really amazing view. You can see all different shades of blue. It's second deepest lake in Turkey and also the cleanest 5th lake in the World. The lake is about 200m deep. The nearest residential is 100 m away from the lake coast. This prevents unique view at night. You can see entire stars easly. So, where were we? Yes, we started to hitchhike. The first man who picked us was a cook. There is a man next to him and while we introduce ourselves he said that he was a police officer. As you understand we travelled safely about 45-50 km lol. We chatted with them very well. They asked us about medicine becouse we told them we are medical students in Gazi University. After we reached Burdur city center we got in a bus becouse it's 9 o'clock. The bus took us to near Yeşilova Town. Burak (my friend) said that we should took a taxi. But I said that we took our chance. After 40 50 min. a family picked us and took us to the lake. While we stay there we learned that there will be a meteor shower. This is so rare like once in 96 years. So, we were lucky. People come to Lake Salda to watch the meteors. We watched the meteors at the coast. With all those stars plus meteors plus people who singing together around a camping fire ... THAT WAS AMAZING!! We made friends and talked to them. That was so nice. I did not want to leave there. After four days we left from Lake Salda and started hitchhiking again. The next stop was Muğla. Actually hitchhiking made me happy. That was so nice to know people and share them your tea,food,time... I was thankful for that. In the road, when we waiting 2 girls picked us. I was shocked! In Turkey this is so so so rare. By the way girls are very beautiful and European. We travelled with them 45 km and left. We reached Muğla but we are exhausted and we decided to go back to Ankara. So, guys that was a short story of my first hitchhiking journey. I did it and there was no danger but flies :) If you want to learn more about Lake Salda here is link: antalyacentral.com/places-to-go/lake-salda