Amasya Revisited

Earlier in the year J and I were on our way from our home in Muğla, in the SW, to meet up with friends on the Black Sea side of Turkey for a few days. Our plan was to hunt for Carpathian Blue Slugs in the Kaçkar Mountains.


We decided to break the journey and overnight in Amasya, a town that had made a real impression on us when we had stayed there quite a few years ago. Read about that trip here.

Why am I telling you this? Because I’ve just done a bit of rare tidying of some of masses of photos in folders that clutter-up my desktop and I’ve rediscovered these shots taken about the old town. I’m sharing them ‘as is’ not because they are good photos, they are not, but because they gave me a really good feel about Amasya again. If you told me I had to live in a town, this place would be my choice. It has history, charm, culture, charm, is cared for, charm, gives of warm fuzzies, charm, but above all it has charm! You can do your own research or click here, otherwise enjoy these sometimes blurry and over-exposed images of a lovely town taken by night and very early in the morning – hence the camera shake!

Pontic tombs Amasya Turkey

Pontic Tombs behind our hotel

Amasya back street

back lane

blurred vision Amasya

blurred vision

Amasya old town

mosque Amasya old town

old tap Amasya old town

Amasya river side


Korprubasi Mosque Amasya

Köprubaşı – Head of the Bridge Mosque Amasya



Mosque and Tombs and Hamam and Ottoman house restorations

Amasya Turkey

town club amasyathe Town Club Restaurant where we first dined all those years ago

If you have the opportunity to visit this delightful town then do it – it will not disappoint you.

Alan Fenn, missing Amasya!

17 thoughts on “Amasya Revisited

    1. as a fellow wino I remember Sirince well – that said, I couldn’t drink enough of their stuff to forget! 😉

  1. Alan, You really struck a chord here. We went to Amasya about 8 years ago, the year before we moved to Turkey, and it struck us as one of the best places we visited on that trip and maybe one of the best places we’ve visited in all of Turkey. Your photos brought back why we loved that place and made us want to visit it again. Thanks so much for posting them but now we really want to go back!

  2. Hi Alan!

    Thank you for sharing these photos and the lovely memories you have with it in Amasya! It’s all new to me.. 🙂

    I was wondering if what was that in the stone mountain? 🙂 LOL, I’m sorry if I use the word stone mountain, I don’t know what it’s called, I have only seen views like that on movies and pictures, let’s say, like the kingdom of the dwarfs in the Hobbits movie was inside a mountain like that. And now I was also wondering if that’s a gate? Can someone get in there? What’s inside? Yet you said it’s a “Tomb”, I’m still not sure what is it because I was thinking how will they bury the deads in stones.. haha no clue

    I’m sorry about my ignorance about Turkey’s places, I’d love to learn about the place and your blog is a good one for me to have ideas, more realistic than in movies 🙂

    1. they are the tombs (burial chambers) of Pontic kings so they are thousands of years old. They are not very deep, just a few metres. The early Greeks did a similar thing on the west coast of Turkey. Pleased you are enjoying the posts 😀

      1. Wow! Amasya is such a great place!
        If not because of this post, I won’t know about Amasya, I’m way too far. Google had made me know more about it somehow 🙂

  3. We are also big fans of Amasya. We visited before we lived here and would really like to go there again…

    I’m totally failing to see any similarity with Şirinice, but that might be the weather or the atmosphere (or over-familiarity with the increasing commercialisation in Şirinice). Amasya is so full of genuine antique houses (as well as the rock tombs) and, when we were there, they had a music festival. And canon salutes. And fireworks.

    1. . . the improvements carried out since out last visit were enormous, opening up the riverside in a most attractive way. many more old houses have been restored, hamams put back in to use and mosques renovated. The place is clean and bright and inviting and chock-full of interest. One of our highlights on the previous visit was the biggest parade of young boys we’ve ever seen – hundreds, and I do mean hundreds, off to be snipped – they were accompanied by bands and a motorcycle police escort!

  4. Hmm, well you’ve sold it to us. Great photos – not bad ones. Looks so pretty, here. No travel plans for 2015 as yet so the world (or Turkey) is our oyster. Let’s see where we end up… 🙂

    1. . . I think you’d love it – so many nooks and corners to peer into or around. look forward to your post!

  5. Such nice pictures and mesmerizing city. It seems to be town out of this world. Turkey is a beautiful country replete with historical places. But Amasya seems to be outstanding .Simple but filled with beauty.

    1. Hi Helen and welcome to Archers! Thank you, coming from someone with your professional skills, I appreciate it. The camera was my old, battered backup as opposed to the 7D. You are right, Amasya is a delight and with your eye you’d find stuff of interest around every corner – I recommend it.

  6. Great post. The location is charming… is breathtaking. I’m sure to put it to the list of my new adventure. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing article with us.

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