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Samsun CityDespite its long history, with roots dating back from the 8th century BCE, and that, with a population of more than 500,000 people, Samsun is the most important city in the Black Sea region, the city has little to offer for the tourist. Samsun is a busy Black Sea port and a center for the processing of local agricultural products, such as tobacco for which it used to be famous. However, for the tourist traveling east to Trabzon, or turning inland to Amasya, this is merely a convenient stop with some respectable hotels at a very affordable price.

It was at Samsun that Atatürk in 1919 landed with the SS Bandırma and started the Turkish War of Independence. Several monuments in the city commemorate these events. Samsun also has a small, but interesting, archaeological museum with beautiful Roman mosaics that date back to the 3rd century CE, and the Amisos Treasure with some exquisite jewelry, such as a golden crown, all dating back to the 4th century BC.

At Batıpark (West Park), about 15 km from the city center, Amazon Köyü and Amazon Adası, are reminders of the legendary women warriors who, according to Greek mythology ruled this part of Asia Minor. The park and complex is a kitschy Turkish version of Disneyland.

Coming from Sinop, we spent two nights at the Samsun Sahin Hotel 2, highly recommended.

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