Trabzon

Trabzon is a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Trabzon, located on the historical Silk Road became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Iran in the east, Russia and the Caucasus to the North.

==== TRABZON – SIGHTSEEING

Trabzon has a number of tourist attractions, some of them dating back to the times of the ancient empires that once existed in the region. In the city itself, one can find a hub of shops, stalls and restaurants surrounding the Meydan, a square in the center of the city, which includes a tea garden.

The Hagia Sophia a stunning Byzantine church, is probably the town’s most important tourist attraction.

Trabzon Castle ruins are visible in the town but cannot be visited as they fall in a military zone. The outside wall of the castle now serves as the back wall of a military building.

Trabzon Museum is located in the town center and offers interesting exhibits on the history of the region, including an impressive collection of Byzantine-era artifacts.

When you are in the area make sure you visit the Kackar Mountain, 90km East of Trabzon. You will follow Firtina River to reach the top (Ayder), the river is small but flows wildly. Kackar is the second highest peak (3,932m) in the country and always covered with snow. In the summer time, you may stay at Ayder Plateu near the Kackar top where you will find lots of small hotels and pansions

Boztepe Park is a small park and tea garden on the hills above Trabzon that has a panoramic view of nearly the entire city. The terrain in Trabzon is such that although the view is far above that of the buildings below, it is still close enough to be able to observe the flow of traffic and the people moving about in the city.

In Trabzon Province, the main attractions are the Sumela Monastery and Uzungol. The monastery is built on the side of a very steep mountain overlooking the green forests below and is about 50km south of the city. Uzungol is famous for the natural beauty of the area and the amazing scenery. The lake is a landslide lake and the best view of the lake is in the afternoon looking west from a mountain on the east.

If you have time make sure go to East: Rize-Hopa and than to Artvin., to enjoy the scenery and dense forests.

==== TRABZON – FOOD AND DRINK

At Trabzon make sure you eat the local food, Akcaabat Kofte (meat ball) special cheese meat ball and Kara Lahana (black caggabe) soup. The Black Sea people love to eat fish, mainly, Hamsi (anchovy), they have more than 30 kinds of dishes made from Hamsi, including bread, baklava (the most famous Turkish dessert), Omelette, rice and etc….. Trabzon is also famous for its bread Trabzon ekmegi, not only at Trabzon, but all over the country.

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