The City of Diogenes

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.

Diogenes monument in Sinop, Turkey

Diogenes monument

Diogenes monument in Sinop, Turkey

Diogenes monument

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.

Adalet Sarayı in Sinop, Turkey

Adalet Sarayı

Saat Kulesi in Sinop, Turkey

Saat Kulesi

A couple blocks east of the roundabout is the Sinop Etnoğrafya Müzesi (Ethnographic Museum), located in an 18th century Ottoman mansion.

Etnoğrafya Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Etnoğrafya Müzesi

Etnoğrafya Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Etnoğrafya Müzesi

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.

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

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.

Arkeoloji Müzesi in Sinop, Turkey

Arkeoloji Müzesi

Temple of Serapis in Sinop, Turkey

Temple of Serapis

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.

Crimean War memorial in Sinop, Turkey

Crimean War memorial

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.

Alaaddin Camii in Sinop, Turkey

Alaaddin Camii

Alaaddin Camii in Sinop, Turkey

Alaaddin Camii

Alaaddin Camii in Sinop, Turkey

Alaaddin Camii

The Pervane Medresesi, a religious school built in 1267, now serves as a craft market. The intricate stone carving above the entrance is stunning.

Pervane Medresesi in Sinop, Turkey

Pervane Medresesi

Pervane Medresesi in Sinop, Turkey

Pervane Medresesi

Pervane Medresesi in Sinop, Turkey

Pervane Medresesi

A small 15th century tomb, Yeşil Türbe, sits near both buildings.

Yeşil Türbe in Sinop, Turkey

Yeşil Türbe

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