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SafranboluThere is no doubt that Safranbolu is Turkey's most and best preserved Ottoman town. Not only its architecture but also the old way of life seems to have stayed largely intact. The town derives its name from saffron that was grown here and polis, the Greek word for city. A few years ago, production of saffron fell almost to zero, but recently there has been a revival in the cultivation of the precious herb. 

From the 13th century until the advent of the railroad in the beginning of the 20th century, Safranbolu was an important stopping place for the caravan trade between East and West. The town prospered and during the 18th and 19th century Safranbolu's wealthy inhabitants built mansions of sun-dried mud bricks, wood, and stucco. Of course, the less fortunate inhabitants built less impressive homes. Present Safranbolu owes its fame to the large numbers of these dwellings that are still intact. In 1994, Safranbolu's town center Çarşı was placed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. Notable buildings in Safranbolu are the Cinci Han Kervan Saray, which now serves as a hotel annex museum, and the 18th century Izzet Paşa Camii.

We experienced an excellent and very friendly stay at Hotel Selvili Köşk, Çeşme Mahallesi., Mescit Sokak No:15, 78600 Safranbolu

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