217 kms from Ankara is Yozgat, whose history
extends as far back as the Hittite period. It was an important residential area
in those times, and Alisar, one of the main Hittite cities, lies inside the
borders of this province. Bogazkoy and Alacahoyuk, though not being part of
Yozgat, are near enough to reflect the central position of the site with the
notable ruins found in the district.
Today's city of Yozgat, on the other hand, is rather new, founded in the 18th
century by the Ottomans. Capanoglu Ahmet Pasa, who was the "Bey" of the Turkmens
at that time was the founder; and the Capanoglu Mosque which carries his name,
stands as a remnant of this period along with the Suleyman Bey Mosque.
Constructed in the 19th century, the Nizamoglu Mansion is a prominent building,
displaying a fine Turkish architectural style. It is an important house of the
Ottoman period and is now used to exhibit ethnographical treasures.
Near Yozgat, "Camlik" is an islet of forests. This site is a national park, 5 km
south of the city, adorning the land with its beautiful scenery.
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