Turkey. It lies on the edge of a fertile plain.
A historic town on old trade routes from central
Anatolia to the Black Sea coast, Çorum became
famous for its hand-spinning and weaving cottage
industries, the manufacture of copper utensils,
and its leather products. It is also the main
trading centre for the surrounding plain; the
plain, watered by the Kızıl River (the ancient
Halys), produces cereals, fruits, tobacco, and
sugar beets. The city has a 13th-century mosque
and several Ottoman structures. Pop. (1980)
75,726; (1990) 116,810.
Çorum, 242 kms from Ankara is the right spot for those who are fond of history
and archaeology. It is situated in an important area, which combines the two
geographical regions of Black Sea and Central Anatolia, and which hosted the
earliest civilizations that left their signs all around Anatolia.
The remarkable specialty of the district is that it was one of the main
settlement centers of the early Hittite era. Sites like Hattusas at Bogazkale,
Yazilikaya and Alacahoyuk at Alaca town, which were important residences of
those times, are to be found in the province of Çorum, with their remains from
the gorgeous ages of the Hittites.
Corum Ulucami mosque
From the more recent periods, the towns skills, Osmancik and Sungurlu in the
environs of the city, offer beautiful architectural works. The 13th century Ulu
Mosque built by the Seljuks, is one example, while the 19th century clock tower
constitutes another attractive monument.
Çorum today is a lovely and modern province with rich natural, cultural and
economic resources. Of particular interest is the fineness of the chickpeas (leblebi
in Turkish) found here, and the region is famed for the delicious roasted
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