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Amasra It is more than a six-hour 450-km long drive to Amasra from Istanbul's Esener Otogar, but Amasra's splendid scenery makes the trip certainly worthwhile. The town consists of a headland, sheltering two bays, and an island Boztepe, which is connected to the mainland by a stone bridge.

This small port is one of the most beautiful towns on the Black Sea coast. Amasra was already mentioned by Homer as an important center for trade.  It was founded by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 6th century BCE. The name Amasra derives from Amastris, the niece of the Persian king Darius III. The ramparts of Amasra's castle rise on a rocky promontory. The castle goes back to Roman times and was extended by the Byzantines. Inside, there is an old church which now serves as a mosque, the Fatih Camii. Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror captured Amasra in 1460 CE from the Genovese. Legend says that, when he looked upon Amasra's setting from a height, he asked his tutor Akşemseddin Oh tutor, is this not the eye of the world? (Lala Lala Çeşm-i Cihan bu mu ola?).  This event is memorialized in the names of restaurants (Çeşm-i Cihan or Eye of the World) and in one of the several monuments that decorate the town. From the other statues in town, one is devoted to Bariş Akarsu, a Turkish rock musician, and actor who was born and raised in Amasra. Another monument commemorates the coal miners of nearby Zonguldak, and a third statue is devoted to Congar Mehmet, a local fisherman who was still active when had reached the age of 80.

We stayed for 2 nights in Hotel Timur, which was very basic considering its price but had an excellent location in the town center, close to the beach.

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