a statue holding a guitar overlooking the bay beside 2 glass-encased motorcycles and a small nook containing his memorabilia is amasra's home-grown talent - Barış Akarsu.
Born June 29, 1979 Baris was a Turkish rock musician and actor who became famous in 2004 after winning at Akademi Türkiye. Had 2 studio albums released and the lead star of a comedy sitcom entitled Yalancı Yarim (My Lying Lover).
On his birthday he was badly injured in a car accident on his way from a charity concert for children and died consequently after less than a week at the age of 28.
The statue and his memorabilia right at the plaza near the bay and the municipality building was erected in his honor.
Small as the town itself, the museum of amasra is still worth visiting. The collection is displayed in about 4 rooms and some statue heads and other stuff kept inside a glass encase along the corridors. entrance is i think 5 or 3 lira only, so it's worth to checkout.
i was taking my breakfast at this nice restaurant overlooking the ocean and below it is a small port for small boats. then, i saw this not-so-young man dive and swim his way upto about a kilometer passing around the water platform in the middle of the sea.
at around 50y/o this man is really amusing, real vigor and in a cold september morning...i mean early morning.
late afternoons, you'll find people, mostly, families, along the port - or even at rocky places, trying their luck to catch fish.
it may juz be a hobby as i noticed when it's over, they are selecting the bigger fish and most of the others are being thrown out of the water again.
from the window of the pension where i stayed, there's a nice view of the rabbit island, and it's clearer standing at the rocky promontory just few steps down the house.
...and a really great view of the island can be seen from the top of the Boztepe as you can see the full length os the island mass. you can either wonder at the view of get nearer with boats departing from the seaside to tour around for about half an hour for i think 5 lira.
standing at the town near the sea where some alfresco restaurants are lining up the seaside at tugut isik cadessi, i saw this figure face of a man on the hill looking up, it's a big one so no one will miss it. i went up and found myself in one of the walls of the castle with a terrace overlooking the sea and the town below.
grab a seat at one of the pretty benches lining up the neat pavement, ur in the front row o the best seat in the house --- or dine at the alfresco restaurant near the benches - and watch the daylight turn into dusk. such a beautiful metamorphosis of nature.
...was built during the Roman period. The walls of the castle were built by the Byzantines. The front walls and gates were built by the Goenese in the 14th and 15th centuries to guarantee defence. The city walls surround the Boztepe and Zindan district which together form 2 island masses which were joined by the Kemere bridge built during the Roman period. The city walls were made of large stone blocks. They were reinforced with turrets, arranged in square formations.
The castle of Amasra is an important relic that reflects the middle ages.
the church mosque a 9th century AD byzantine church.
i found this mosqu while walking in the wee hours of the morning, just before the entrance to the castle wall few strides from Kusna Pension where i was staying.
the bridge that connects the smaller island - boztepe - to the mainland, that leads to nobethane cadessi, walk along the cadessi until reaching the top to see a really great view of the town and the very small island in the mid of the sea.
on my second day i went hiking to the smaller island passing by the bridge that connects it to the main land. i didn't know where to go so i juz continue up the hill until i reached a place where there are benches, tables and chairs in big umbrella shades, a small store that serves hot and cold beverages... and the view of the small separate uninhabited island is really spectacular along with the view of the sides of amasra.
on the hill where most visitors stop i went futher to the edge - boztepe - and alas! the view of amasra is stunning, the very view i saw from the postcards of the town.
The studies and research for a museum in Amasra started in 1884 (during the reign of the Ottomans) and it took almost a century to officially declare it as a museum. It was opened in 1982. There are a lot of archeological pieces from the Roman, Byzantine, Genoese and Ottoman times.
The museum is open every day except Mondays (08:00-12:00 & 13:00-17:00).
It is the main bazaar of Amasra where you can find various types of local wooden handicraft. There are many shops selling more or less the same thing and bargaining is a must. We had bought a lot of wooden stuff with reasonable prices as souvenirs.
When you are walking around in Amasra along the coast, you will definitely come across people who invite you to their boats for a boat tour along Amasra coast. It's hard to say no as it costs around 2 EUR/person and takes around 30-45 minutes. You can do what the locals do: Buy boiled corns before you step on the boat, find a seat and enjoy the scenery as the boat goes along. The most interesting thing you will see is the Tavsan (rabbit) Island. It is a small island near Amasra, busily occupied by mostly black rabbits. Especially the children get really excited when the boats get closer to the islands and they start to see the rabbits.
You may not see any rabbits in our picture but once you get on the boat, you'll definitely see them. They like getting closer to the edges of the island when the boats pass by.
The Castle of Amasra was built during the Roman time. Then, it was repaired by the Byzantines and the Genoese and the Ottomans. It consists of two smaller subcastles: "Zindan Kalesi" and "Sormagir". Sormagir Castle is in Boztepe Hill and is connected to Amasra via Kemere Bridge.
The ruins of the castle is in the middle of the town center today and the ruins are all surrounded by houses (Check the pic).