Amasra is a small port and one of the most beautiful towns of the Black Sea Region with splendid scenery. The town consists of a headland, sheltering two bays, and an island Boztepe, which is connected to the mainland by a stone bridge.
Amasra was already mentioned by Homer as an important centre 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.
Sights and Photos of Amasra
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.
Of 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.
Travel Tips & Travel Information
Going by bus from İstanbul's Esener Otogar to Amasra is a 450-km long drive that takes more than six hours.
We stayed for 2 nights in Hotel Timur, which was very basic considering its price but had an excellent location in the city centre, close to the beach.