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Authenticity of main attraction - old Ottoman houses
No cons at all!
In a nutshell
WulfstanTraveller Says: In the heart of Safranbolu's old town is the Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii, the mosque built by Koprulu Mehmet Pasa, a powerful official who rose to become grand vizier in the mid-17th century. Koprulu Mehmet was from Albania and rose through the ranks of the janissary system....
WulfstanTraveller Says: One hill in the old town, commanding scenic views over the town, is called Hidirlik. One must pay a small few (a couple lira) to go to the top, but this includes a drink in the small cafe at the top and it offers great views of the oldl town. There are also toilets and one...
WulfstanTraveller Says: Like Safranbolu itself, several of the old houses in Yoruk Koyu are open to visitors as museums. We went to one of the mansions in Yoruk Koru, Sipahioglu Konagi (the "Mansion of the Sipahi" - a sipahi being like a knight). The owner, who said he is among the 8th generation...
WulfstanTraveller Says: Safranbolu, being a touristy town that mostly caters to other Turks and relatively few foreigners, is a great place to do relatively relaxed shopping at better prices. This is particularly true compared to places like Istanbul and Kusadasi, with heavy volumes of foreigners....
The Bulak (Mencilis) Cave is located on the border of Safranbolu and Karabük. It is 8.5km distance from the centre of town and 5km distance from Deðirmenbaþý. The cave has 2 entrances. The first entry to the cave can be made from the source where the water flows. However, this entrance ends at a siphon at 30m. The second entrance can be made at the fossil entrance, left of the hill behind the cave.
The total lenght of the Mencilis Cave is 2725m. There are four declines in the cave 3, 5, 11 and 15m long, respectively. 350m of the cave has been illuminated and is open for touristic visits.
Written Jun 13, 2009