The Black Sea city of Sinop is probably most famous for being the birthplace of ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic. A statue of him holding his lantern and standing next to his dog is located at the entrance of the peninsula.
In the middle of the peninsula is the city center, where there are some nice buildings and museums. The Adalet Sarayı (courthouse) sits on a roundabout a few minutes walk north of the ancient city walls. A clock tower stands nearby.
North of the roundabout is the Sinop Arkeoloji Müzesi. Inside is an impressive collection of local ancient and modern artifacts, including mosaics, coins, amphorae, and icons. It’s open from 8:30am to 5:30pm and closed Mondays.
The yard outside the museum is a small park with columns, tombstones, and sarcophagi scattered around. The Temple of Serapis from the 4th century BC is the highlight of the park.
There’s also a monument to Ottoman soldiers killed in a surprise attack on the Ottoman fleet by the Russians in 1853, prompting the Crimean War.
A couple of Selçuk sites are located in Sinop. The biggest is the Alaaddin Camii, which was built in 1214. The exterior walls are made of stone but in the mosque’s pleasant courtyard, the walls are made of wood.
The Pervane Medresesi, a religious school built in 1267, now serves as a craft market. The intricate stone carving above the entrance is stunning.
A small 15th century tomb, Yeşil Türbe, sits near both buildings.