Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

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Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Turkey, Tokat
Type: Historic Town, Cultural Landscape
Epoch: 20th Century, Middle Ages
World Heritage:
20th CenturyMiddle AgesHistoric TownCultural Landscape

A culturally rich settlement center, with traces of history all over the land, Tokat lies inland of the middle Black Sea region, 422 kms from Ankara. The most important figure here, is the Ottoman Citadel of 28 towers, founded on a rocky hill overlooking the town. The Garipler Mosque dating to the 12th century and the Ali Pasa Mosque of 16th century constitute other sights worth visiting. One of Tokat's finest buildings is the Gok Medresse (Pervane Bey Darussifasi) which was constructed in 1270. It was founded as a school of theology, and is now converted into a museum, housing archaeological finds from the area. Two other notable monuments in this region, are the Hatuniye Medresse of the 15th century, built by Sultan Beyazit, and a Selcuk bridge spanning the Yesilirmak River,
belonging to the 12th century. The Latifoglu Mansion is still another, which is a traditional Turkish house of the 19th century, restored recently to its original state.
This district has been the scene of many events of the earliest ages too, and it was here that the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar said his famous words "Veni, Vidi, Vici"; "I came, I saw, I conquered".

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