Outside Kastamonu City Center

A few places of interest lie outside of Kastamonu’s compact city center, mostly to the south.

If you follow the rive a couple blocks south of Cumhuriyet Meydanı and turn right on Sakarya Caddesi, you’ll find the most impressive building in town. The Liva Paşa Konağı, which also serves as an ethnographic museum, was built in 1870. It’s closed on Mondays.

Liva Paşa Konağı in Kastamonu, Turkey

Liva Paşa Konağı

A bit further along the river is the Arkeoloji Müzesi. This building is where Atatürk announced the Hat Law in 1925 outlawing the fez. The museum has an interesting collection and is closed on Mondays.

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

Across the river is a residential neighborhood situated on a hill. At the top is the Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) built in the 19th century. There’s a small tea garden next to it to enjoy the best views of Kastamonu.

Saat Kulesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Saat Kulesi

Saat Kulesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Saat Kulesi

View from the Saat Kulesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

View from the Saat Kulesi

Back on the other side of the river again, a couple blocks south of the museum is the Sinan Bey Camii, built in 1571. It’s located in a nice little park.

Sinan Bey Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

Sinan Bey Camii

Heading west of Sinan Bey Camii to the neighborhood on the south side of Kastamonu Kalesi, you’ll run into the beautiful Uğurlu Konakları. It’s a mansion built in 1850 and restored in 2009. It now functions as a boutique hotel. Further down is the Musa Fakih Camii with its rusted tin minaret.

Uğurlu Konakları in Kastamonu, Turkey

Uğurlu Konakları

Musa Fakih Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

Musa Fakih Camii

A historic mosque complex, Şeyh Şaban–ı Veli Külliyesi, is dedicated to a poet and holy man who brought the Halveti sect of Islam to Kastamonu.

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli lived from 1471-1579 and is buried in a tomb at the complex. There’s also a small Ottoman cemetery on the grounds.

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Türbesi at the Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Türbesi

Ottoman cemetery at the Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

Ottoman cemetery

Finally, a short walk north of the city center to the west of the river is the imposing İsmail Bey Camii. Sitting on a small hill, the mosque complex was built between 1451 and 1475.

İsmail Bey Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Camii

İsmail Bey Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Camii

İsmail Bey Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Camii

İsmail Bey Camii in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Camii

The complex is nicely landscaped and features a gazebo and a tomb.

İsmail Bey Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Külliyesi

İsmail Bey Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Külliyesi

İsmail Bey Külliyesi in Kastamonu, Turkey

İsmail Bey Külliyesi

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