Turkey is one of the oldest and most historical countries in the world, heavily influenced by the civilisations and developments in Asia and Europe. Despite being the border to these two influential continents, Turkey’s own culture is quite unique and in many factors, unlike the ones prevalent in the countries around it. There are several gems in Turkey’s crown, some famous and some hidden, that capture the beauty and the heritage of this wonderful nation. Spreading a joyous colour around its long line of rulers is the unpolished gem of Safranbolu. A city favoured by both the Ottoman rulers and the traders. The city owes its name to the highly precious saffron flower that has been growing in this region for several years. This brought a lot of traders into town, followed by the Ottoman royalty who made Safranbolu their residence. The royal family and all those who serviced them provided patronage to the growth of Safranbolu. The buildings and other structures they constructed are visible in town till date. This attracted the attention of UNESCO who declared Safranbolu as a World Heritage Site. These sites are made up of palaces, museums, Turkish baths, caravanserais and even architecture to support the life of the citizens. There were palaces, aqueducts, hospitals, civic halls etc. for the people of Safranbolu. Visitors can see how well developed the city was even in those times. Today, tourists can roam around in the old city that is full of the heritage sights or the new city that is full of modern buildings deeply inspired from the Ottoman traditions. One can easily see the modern-day practices juxtaposed beside the carefully-preserved historical traditions. Tourism is a highly developed business in Safranbolu and guests are always a privileged member of the Turkish society. Visitors can roam around, hike, ride horseback or simply check out palaces till they grow tired. Once they are weary, they can head to the famous Turkish baths to pamper themselves. Safranbolu is the perfect Turkish feast for the human senses.
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