Sinop is the most beautiful natural harbor the
Black Sea. There are many legends about the foundation of the city but the most
dependable is that the Miletion colonists founded it in the 7th
century BC and the city is the birthplace of the cynic philosopher Diogenes.
According to another legend the province is said to have received its name from
the Amazon Queen "Sinova". The town's citadel dates from that early age and the
foundations of the Temple of Serapis is to be found on the grounds of the
Archaeological Museum where some beautiful golden icons are displayed. The 13th
century Alaeddin Mosque, the Alaiye Medresse, and the Balatlar Church are of
interest in the city. Traditional nautical wood carvings, good crystal and the
original cotton clothes of the city are praiseworthy and unique, so you will
want to have examples of these artifacts. The seaside hotels and holiday
villages will make you stay longer and you will have the opportunity to sit in a
fish restaurant by the harbor and watch the perfect combination of green and
light blue while sipping your wine. Hamsilos Fjord, 11 kms from the city center
is the only fjord in the country.
Gerze, situated on a peninsula, 40 kms southeast
of Sinop, will provide you with fine beaches, meadows, restaurants and parks,
while Camgolu provides camping facilities in a large forest sloping to the sea.
At Boyabat, the largest town of the province, there are many rock tombs and a
Time Line of Sinop
A port on the Black Sea coast, about midway
between Istanbul and Georgia. An ancient Greek colony, it is perhaps best known
as the birthplace of the philosopher Diogenes the Cynic.
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