Turkey in Review



Amasya is small, only around 90,000 people, and it is tucked into a narrow river valley between cliffs that can only be described as looking like the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride. It is precisely for this reason that Amasya is such an amazing city – between stretching along a sedimentary green river, the mountains, and the restored white-washed Ottoman buildings, Amasya might as well be set in a fairy tale.

Amasya River

Despite the city’s small size and tranquil setting, it also has a dauntingly long and rich history – like almost any inhabitable spot in Turkey. Used as the capital of the Pontic Kingom around 200 BC, there are still the burial tombs of Pontic aristocracy in the cliff faces which are beautifully light at night. More recently, the Ottomans used the city as a place to educate their children and give them practice in governance. Atatürk also spent significant time in the city planning on how to rally Turkish troops after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

Fairy Tale Amasya

The city also has some great night life centered around the restored Ottoman mansions along the river. Oh, and did I mention its apples? I’m pretty sure I must have, since Amasya is super famous for the half-red half-green apples that grow there – they’re delicious. You can read about Amasya in more detail here.

Getting there is slightly difficult, as it is a smaller city. From Ankara to Amasya is around a five or six hour bus ride, depending upon traffic conditions. Amasya does not have an airport, although the neighboring city of Merzifon does. From there, it is perhaps a thirty minute bus ride into Amasya proper.

If a bigger city is your cup of tea, don’t miss page 4…

6 thoughts on “Turkey in Review”

    1. Really? That was the general vibe I got about Göbekli Tepe too, but I was hoping it’d be better. Oh well, thanks for the heads up!

  1. A wonderful tour of Turkey, and I loved the teasers at the end. Looking forward to hearing about many new adventures in the new year. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Mike! I hope it’s really helpful – I’m going to continue to try to subtlety (and not so much) convince you to come visit.

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