From a small square in the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town of Safranbolu, follow the square uphill past restored Ottoman homes and you’ll come to the Kale section of town. From there, you’ll find some great views of the old town.
The first building you’ll encounter is the spectacular Hükümet Konağı (Government House) which now features the Kent Tarihi Müzesi, a great museum about the history of Safranbolu. The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm except Mondays.
The museum has exhibits showing the different craft workers in town, some with creepy yet comical mannequins. There are also some ethnographic displays.
Behind the Hükümet Konağı is a small display of famous clock towers around Turkey.
These clock tower models lead unsurprisingly to the Saat Kulesi, Safranbolu’s own famous clock tower. The tower has been using the same working clock parts since 1797. I was fortunate enough to climb the tower and spend some time with the keeper of the clock. We had a nice chat and he told me the history of the tower. Amazingly, there have been only a few clock keepers since the tower was built. I only spent about 15 minutes with the clock keeper, but it was one of my most treasured moments from my visit to Safranbolu.
Next to the clock tower is the Eski Cezaevi, an old prison that has been converted into a popular restaurant.