This mosque was commissioned by the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat in the 13th century. The walls of the mosque were made of on eline stone. Its walls are 12 metres long and there is a fountain in the middle of the court yard. There are 5 doors opening to the court yard.The madrasa is very close to the mosque and it has 10 classrooms and two...more
In 1921, the findings around Sinop were taken under preservation at the secondary school of the period, Mekteb-i Idadi. The building got insufficient by time so today's museum building was built in 1969 and opened the visits in 1970. In the museum, pre-historic and classical artifacts, collections of carpets and manuscripts, and Byzantine icons are...more
Our local guide took us to several hills of the town to see the fortification remains of the city. On one of the hills, he took us to a very specific spot. He used to work in the road constructions of Sinop and when they were building the roads for the fortifications on that hill, they discovered this spot. Normally, when you throw a stone to the...more
Outside the wild wavesCome to lick the wallsThese sounds will distract youPay no heed, my heart, pay no heedThese are the lines of Turkish writer, Sabahattin Ali who spent some time in Sinop Prison because of his thoughts and political view. It was not only Sabahattin Ali but also other literary and political figures including Refik Halit Karay,...more
It was built in the 8th century B.C. by the Miletions. After the attack of the Cimmerians in the 7th century B.C., it was kind of rebuilt. In the 6th century the castle was under Persian rule and then the ownership passed over to Romans, then to Byzantines, then to Seljuks and then to Ottomans. The walls of the cover almost the whole city of Sinop....more
I suppose the beach should be a 'must see', although unless you have a car, you will be restricted to the town beaches, like we were. There are photos around town of a spectacular white sand beach (Akkum plaji), but as this wasn't on a bus route, we decided not to walk the 14km to get there. Instead we opted for the town beach just below the bus...more
The Diyarbakir restaurant is a good place to eat if you don't like fish....we weren't keen on fish so gave the posh fish restaurants by the sea-front a miss. Anyway, this restaurant has a nice outdoor section out the back, and we ended up eating here twice.
Favorite Dish: It has the usual array of kebabs...every type of kebab you can think of, and salads, and other meze....typical Turkish stuff! Good and cheap.
We weren't really up for nightclubs, and a good job, as Sinop didn't seem to have any! But if you are interested in Turkish music, the best place to go is a cafe set inside the city walls...for the price of a glass of tea, you can sit and enjoy the views over Sinop, while listening to live Turkish music which was definately aimed at locals rather than tourists....it seemed 'the' place for the young people of Sinop to hang out. It can get very windy and cold though, if you choose a seat on the upper levels....and you might not have a choice where you sit, as this place was packed!
Sinop has frequent buses to Samsun, Trabzon and other places east along the coast, as well as connections to most major cities in Turkey. However, coming from Amasra, or somewhere else to the west of Sinop, it is a bit more problematic. It took all day to get from Amasra to Sinop, and we had to change buses four times...these were not the comfortable buses, but local, short-hop buses, which stopped every five minutes to cram a couple more passengers in the doors...most of our journey was spent standing up!! If you can't face a similar journey, along the twisty coast road, then it is probably easier to head inland and do a huge circle round to Sinop. There is also the coastal ferry in summer...at least I think it stops in Sinop. It leaves Trabzon on wednesday evenings for Istanbul, arriving on a friday, before returning to Trabzon again, and it stops at Zonguldak, Sinop, Samsun, Giresun and Rize either on the outward or the return trip. I didn't take this ferry, as when I wanted to head back to Istanbul, it was September, and classified as 'winter', despite the 30 degrees + weather, but my friend took it from Trabzon a month earlier...tickets are extremely cheap, selling for as little as 13 million lira (when I was in Turkey, this was around $10) from Trabzon to Istanbul, a price which supposedly included a seat (in reality, it meant deckspace!) and no food. Cabins are also available, and the prices aren't much more...so this sounds like a good deal!
The bus station is nicely located next to a ruined bit of city wall, so if you have to wait around for your bus, you can have a clamber and see this view of the beach.
Sinop isn't a huge place...most things are within walking distance of the bus station, so we didn't feel the need to use public transport. There are buses to other beaches on the peninsula, but apparently not to the most spectacular beach of them all, Akkum Plaji.
There is an ancient hamam in a fairly old part of town, not far from the cheap hotels and restaurants. It has a touristy sign outside, but it didn't seem as if they had an awful lot of foreign tourists among their customers...it was a local affair! This was our first experience of a real Turkish bath, and I was not entirely sure what to expect...but the attendent was friendly, and explained to us exactly what was going on, as we had told him that it was our first time...he only spoke Turkish, though, so it was difficult to understand everything! After this bath, we were hooked, and went to quite a few hamams during our time in Turkey.
Sinop was founded with the construction of a fortress near Boztepe Burnu, a headland attached from the east to another headland, Ince Burun, which is Anatolia’s northernmost point. The navigators who settled here used the area around the fortress as a small harbour. In time the outer harbour filled up with sand and became useless. When the Seljuks,...more
I knew that the name of Sinop was derived from the nymph Sinope. I did a little research prior to writing this tip and learned that there are three different legends for Sinope and there are even academic studies one Sinope like that of the Russian academician A.I. Ivantchika. The legends belong to two distinct traditions of different origins. Here...more
Sinop had a nice atmosphere, and nice is really the only adjective I can come up with...it wasn't a remarkably pretty place, its historical monuments weren't outstanding, but then again, there wasn't anything wrong with the town....probably more a place to live well than to spend a holiday in. The waterfront was pleasant, and was a popular place to...more