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Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Culture and Tourism Department Picturesque towns with a long history, Safranbolu and Dadai in the Western Black Sea region of Turkey, join the Cittaslo network

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey Culture and Tourism Department Picturesque towns with a long history – Safranbolu and Dadai in Turkey’s Western Black Sea region join the Cittaslo network
[Image 1:×682.jpg] Safranbolu cityscape
Two small towns in Turkey’s Western Black Sea region, Safranbolu and Dadai, were newly added to the Cittaslo network at the International Cittaslo Commission held in Damme, Belgium. Safranbolu is now the only tourist destination in Turkey to be included on both the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Cittaslo network.
Cittaslow is an international celebration of local culture that developed from the slow food and slow life movement that began in Italy. The aim is to create a city that is
Turkey’s Cittaslo Network, known for its rich cultural heritage, was established in 2009 when Izmir’s Seferihisar district joined the Cittaslo Association, and includes 25 districts across 7 regions and 21 provinces in Turkey. and has continued to expand in recent years. Safranbolu: an amazing sustainable cultural heritage
Safranbolu, located in the ecotourism region of Karabuk province, is a hidden gem with quaint alleys and long-established houses reminiscent of another era. Known in ancient times as Paphlagonia, the town’s current name, Safranbolu, comes from the rare saffron plant that grows in the area. Safranbolu, which was featured in Homer’s epic Iliad, has been the base of many civilizations, including the Hittites, Persians, Romans, and Ottomans.
[Image 2:×684.jpg] Interior view of Safranbolu houses
The 2,000 classic houses from the Ottoman era are some of Turkey’s most iconic and sustainable examples of local architecture. The houses in Safranbolu, built between the 18th century and the early 20th century, are characterized by their harmonious arrangement of wood and stone, and are characterized by their layouts that do not block the sunlight or line of sight from neighboring houses. In addition to the Safranbolu houses, there is also the Cinci Inn, which is one of the many caravanserais built along the Silk Road, the Cinci Baths, which perfectly represent Turkish bath culture, and the Köprülü, which has an impressive sundial in the courtyard.・There are many buildings that are representative of old urban structures, such as Mehmet Pasha Cami and Izzet Pasha Cami, which was built only with cut stone and is a representative example of Ottoman stone carving. Another must-see in the area is the Turkish Coffee Museum, which introduces the history of Turkish coffee and coffee, a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage site. Dada: local and historical charm
Dadai, located 29 km from the center of Kastamonu, the capital of Kastamonu District, is famous for being a place where daily life is in harmony with the gentle rhythms of nature, and where you can experience a trip back in time. Dadai’s attractions are its scenic plain views, vibrant local energy, and architectural heritage. Home to many civilizations, including the Kaskians, Hittites, Romans, and Seljuks, Dadai was annexed by the Ottoman Empire during the time of Sultan Mehmed II. From distinctive Ottoman-era houses adorned with intricate woodwork to bustling markets filled with locally sourced produce, there are plenty of attractions that reflect the city’s historical past and cultural heritage.
More than just architecture, Dada is also a paradise for outdoorsmen and nature lovers. Whether it’s hiking through the serene natural beauty of the Barurda region or exploring the beautiful Yumurtaci and Tashçurlar ponds and Taşılbayır Cave, visitors to Dadai will find solace in the embrace of nature. Additionally, Dadai was a breeding center for stud horses during the Ottoman era, so you can stay at a horse farm, take riding lessons, or go on a horse safari through its unique natural surroundings.
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About Türkiye
Situated on the Mediterranean coast and connected to Asia and Europe by the famous Bosphorus Strait, Turkey has been considered a hub of cultural exchange and diversity for centuries. It is a versatile destination with history, ruins, nature and gastronomy that reflect diverse civilizations. It continues to attract visitors from all over the world with its art and fashion, a fusion of tradition and modernity, as well as its dynamic shopping and entertainment life. In 2023, it welcomed 56.7 million tourists from all over the world. Following the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 2023, 2024 will mark the 100th anniversary of the
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