Amasya is in northern Turkey with 75,000 inhabitants, situated on the Yesil River, at 390 metres above sea level. It is the capital of Amasya province with 370,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate).
The main economic activity of the region of Amasya is agriculture, with mining and the production of textiles and cement as important additions.
Amasya is a very attractive city, with many charming houses facing the Yesil River. The skyline is dominated by the citadel overlooking the northern side of town. In addition are there many medieval mosques, with the foremost built around 1500. The most notable one is the Sultan Beyazit 2 mosque complex.
Amasya is also famous worldwide because of a legend well-known especially in the East: the story of Ferhat and Sirin. According to this legend Ferhat was a famous craftsman who lived during the Persian time in Amasya. One day he was called to a small palace built for Sirin, Queen Mehmene Banu’s sister, to show his art on its doors and walls. But something unpredictable happened when Ferhat and Sirin saw each other. They fell in love. Ferhat went to Queen Mehmene Banu and told her that he wanted so marry Sirin. The Queen didn’t want this marriage and told Ferhat, "If you want to marry my sister Sirin, you must dig a huge channel right in the middle of the Elma (Apple) mountains of the city. Then, you must make the water come through this channel to the city. If you succeed, you may marry my sister. If you fail, forget her." It was a 'mission impossible'.
With the power of love, Ferhat started to dig the mountain. But when he was just about to finish the channel, he received a message from Mehmene Banu: Sirin is dead. With great anger Ferhat threw his hammer in the air but the hammer fell on his head and he died on the mountain he was digging. However, the message was a lie and after having heard about it Sirin went to the mountain and there she saw Ferhat’s dead body. She jumped from the rocks of the mountain and killed herself.
Ferhat and Sirin couldn’t be together while they were alive but now their graves are next to each other. People believe that every spring there are two roses growing from each grave and while the roses are about to touch each other, a black bush appears in the middle of them and doesn’t allow the roses to kiss each other.
Amasya was also one of the Turkish cities which had the best viewing location for the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century which happened on 11th August 1999. Many visitors came to the city to witness this spectacular event. Now, on 29th March 2006, there will be another total solar eclipse in this city wich can be seen at 14:06pm local time.
On Wednesday, 29th March 2006, the shadow of the Moon will sweep a band starting from Brazil, through Atlantic Ocean, Gold Coast of Africa, Saharan Desert, Mediterranean Sea, Turkey, Black Sea, Georgia, Russian Federation, northern shores of Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan; ending in Mongolia.
Set in a rocky ravine with the green river with the Green river runnig through it...
Amasya is a place or so.Set apart from the rest of Anatolia in its tight mountain valley,it has a feeling of independence,self sufficiency
and civic prid,and surely deserves a prize as one of the nicest small towns in all Turkey.
Fondest memory: Thats Amasya.if you want to learn more about the city you can click:www.amasya.gov.tr or if you decide to go Amasya write to me please in advance to provide you some help in Amasya.