Safranbolu Old Town

While it’s a great place just to wander and take in the incredible scenery and gorgeous Ottoman homes, the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town of Safranbolu has a few other sights to keep a visitor busy during their stay.

Starting with the small main square, you’ll find the Cinci Hamamı, a Turkish bath built around 1640. Next to it is a small mosque, the Kazdağlı Camii, built in 1779. On this square you’ll also find taxis and buses to the new town.

Cinci Hamamı and Kazdağlı Camii in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hamamı and Kazdağlı Camii

On the other side of the mosque is the Kazdağlıoğlu Meydanı, a small square with a fountain. This is near the entrance to the old bazaar.

Kazdağlıoğlu Meydanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Kazdağlıoğlu Meydanı

In the center of town is the Cinci Hanı, a 17th century caravanserai that dominates the old town. The interior of the building is an open space used for dining and the rest has been converted into a hotel. For a virtual tour, click here.

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

In a corridor on the lower floor, some rooms are used as a small ethnographic museum to show Ottoman life in Safranbolu. This display isn’t as well-done as others in town, but it’s a bit comical which makes it worth a look.

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Visitors to the Cinci Hanı may have the opportunity to visit a spectacular suite and climb up to the rooftop for some unique views of the town.

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Cinci Hanı

View from Cinci Hanı in Safranbolu, Turkey

View from Cinci Hanı

As I mentioned in the beginning, the best advice I can give you is to just wander through the streets and cobblestoned alleys, some filled with sweet shops and coffeehouses. Going away from the busy squares full of tourists into the quiet residential areas will allow you to discover all kinds of interesting homes. When walking through Safranbolu, you’ll never know what you can find around the next corner. For a virtual tour of Safranbolu, click here.

Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu

Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu

Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu

Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu

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