The history of Cankiri, which is 131 kms from
Ankara, goes back to 3000-2500 BC. Here was a Galatian settlement called "Gangrea"
at that time. The land has witnessed the hegemony of many tribes thereafter, up
to Seljuks and Ottomans, and the traces from its long past stand all over the
There are the ruins of Cankiri Fortress from the
11th century with rock tombs and underground tunnels. In the city, the Ulu
Mosque dates back to the 16th century, and was built by the great Turkish
architect Mimar Sinan. Just outside the city is the Tas Mescit which is a
medieval hospital constructed in 1235.
In this distinct region, are the Ilgaz Mountains
(2560 m) north of the city. It is a site of real attraction for nature lovers
with its snowy peaks and wide woodland. Ilgaz National Park is one of the most
beautiful parks in Turkey, and the ski center provides the best opportunities
for winter sports with its fine, modern facilities.
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