A culturally rich settlement center, with
traces of history all over the land, Tokat lies inland of the middle Black Sea
region, 422 kms from Ankara. Wandering in the city is an opportunity to catch a
glimpse of life at old times, with the many historical buildings at the numerous
The most important figure here, is the Ottoman Citadel of 28 towers, founded on
a rocky hill overlooking the town. The Garipler Mosque dating to the 12th
century and the Ali Pasa Mosque of 16th century constitute other sights worth
One of Tokat's finest buildings is the Gok Medresse (Pervane Bey Darussifasi)
which was constructed in 1270. It was founded as a school of theology, and is
now converted into a museum, housing archaeological finds from the area.
Two other notable monuments in this region, are the Hatuniye Medresse of the
15th century, built by Sultan Beyazit, and a Seljuk bridge spanning the
Yesilirmak River, belonging to the 12th century. The Latifoglu Mansion is still
another, which is a traditional Turkish house of the 19th century, restored
recently to its original state.
69 kms northeast of Tokat, is Niksar, one of the beautiful towns of the
province, which carries important signs from the history of the country. It was
once the capital of the Turkish Danismend Emirs, and among the interesting
sights are the well-preserved citadel, the Ulu Mosque, and the 12th century
Zile is another ancient town, 67 kms west of the province, with its fortress and
the 13th century Ulu Mosque near it. This district has been the scene of many
events of the earliest ages too, and it was here that the Roman Emperor Julius
Caesar said his famous words "Veni, Vidi, Vici"; "I came, I saw, I conquered".
Resadiye is well known for its vast pine forests, hot springs, clays and natural
beauties. Ballica cave at Pazar is a natural wonder. The Dumanli meadows are the
other famous places for resting and refreshing.
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