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I Came, I Saw And I Loved It
I Came, I Saw And I Loved It
THE LEGENDARY JULIUS CAESAR UTTERED HIS FAMOUS WORDS, ‘I CAME, I SAW, I CONQUERED’, WHEN HE DEFEATED THE PONTIC ARMY AT THE BATTLE OF ZELA (MODERN ZİLE) ON TOKAT PLAIN.
Tokat is an impressive area of diverse richness between Central Anatolia and the Black Sea. Its location off the beaten track makes its just-waiting-to-be-explored hidden treasures even more alluring. Spellbinding natural beauty combined with remnants of the civilizations large and small that left cultural traces in these lands make for several possible touristic routes around the province.
Tokat has been home to prominent men of learning ever since the period of the Anatolian Principalities, and numerous mosques, masjids and madrasas adorn the city. Gök Madrasa, Yağbasan Madrasa, the Great Mosque, Takyeciler Mosque, Vizier Ahmet Pasha Masjid, the Mevlevi Lodge, the Şeyh Meknun Soup Kitchen and dozens of early Islamic religious structures are a few of the places you can visit.
Pottery-making is one of Tokat’s traditional livelihoods. A dying art today, glazed Tokat ceramics, mainly in tones of green, are still made in various workshops around the city. The ceramics you buy while you’re here will not only give you lasting value, but will at the same time help to sustain this art.
FOR NATURE AND CULTURE BUFFS
If it’s natural beauty you’re looking for, Tokat will more than please. The Zinav, Kaz and Almus Dams around this city watered by the Yeşilırmak River (the ancient Iris) afford spectacular views. Tokat is also rich in upland plateaus, and nature’s colorful rainbow enhances the crystal clear air of the Batmantaş, Selemen, Dumanlı and Çamiçi Highlands. The city is a virtual open air museum as well with Tokat Museum, historic castles and bridges, and Halit Sokağı, a street that preserves its original architectural fabric. In short, a world of discovery filled with nature and culture awaits you in Tokat, the crossroads of Anatolia.
TASTES OF TOKAT
The star of the local cuisine is Tokat Kebab. Tokat sausage, which is encased in a special sort of cloth, is another of the city’s unique culinary treats.
Tokat is rich in geothermal springs. If you visit in fall or winter especially, the Reşadiye and Sulusaray spas are just the spot for casting off your weariness and replenishing your energy.