Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Heritage by Type / Vernacular Architecture

City of Safranbolu

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City of Safranbolu

About the site

Corridor: Via Pontica
Country: Turkey, Zonguldak
Type: Vernacular Architecture
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme: Vernacular Architecture
World Heritage: Cultural Heritage
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For hundreds of years (from the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century) Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East–West trade route. The Old Mosque, Old Bath and Syuleyman Pasha Medrese (Islamic theological school), built in 1322, have been preserved to the present day. In the 17th century Safranbolu’s architecture reached its zenith, strongly influencing urban development throughout much of the region.

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Read more about City of Safranbolu at the Unesco World Heritage List.