80 kilometers east of Zonguldak is Bartin province on the Black Sea coast of
Turkey, the calm city of timbered houses. It's one of the newest provinces of
Turkey. The history of the city dates back to 1200 BC, when Gasgas tribe
inhabited in the environs. In the following years, the region had entered under
the dominance of Hittites, Frigs, Kringens, Kokons , Enets, Kimmers, Lydians,
Persians and Macedonians.
The historic progress of Bartin continues with the dominance of Roman Empire and
Byzantine Empire and later with the dominance of Turkish Seljuks and
Candarogullari State between 11th - 13th centuries AD. Bartin was conquered by
Yildirim Bayazit in 1392.
The wooden Bartin houses display the architectural characteristics of the art
movements after the Tanzimat Fermani (Reforms Decree). Temperate Black Sea naval
climate is experienced in Bartin. Summer seasons are hot while winter seasons
are chilly, and lots of rain of course which gives all of its green vegetation
of the region.
The Bartin River passing through the city gives way to boat trips in the city to
catch a glimpse of perfect landscape.
This lovely city hosts strawberry festivals in spring. The city also has beaches
of good quality. Inkum, a lovely setting with a holiday village and other
facilities, has sandy beaches. Çarkaz, is a fishing village which has an
excellent beach while at Kurucasile fishing boats are built. Amasra was founded
in 6th century BC and its ancient name was Sesamos. It is one of the highest
spots on the Black Sea Coast which displays unimaginable, fascinating beauties
while traveling through. The city is located on a peninsula and the eastern side
is especially good for swimming. The archaeological museum and Çekiciler Street
are of interest, too. As a souvenir you may purchase hand-carved, wooden
There are numerous ancient city ruins inside the borders of historic Paphlagonia
region. Ancient cities of Sesamos (Amasra), Kromna (Kurucasile) and Erythinoi («akraz)
are located inside the borders of Bartin.
The castle, two churches, bedesten, Kuskayasi Road Monument (Unique in the
world) and inziva (seclusion) cave inside the city center are among the visual
parts of the ancient city. The sections of the ancient city like forum, council
palace, road of honor, theatre, acropolis, necropolis are below ground.
Kurucasile was also one of the locations which had the best viewing place for
the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century which happened on 11th August
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