The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient times. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Harsena and along the Yesilirmak valley, Amasya province leaves an unforgettable impression on tourists both for its historical monuments and its natural wonders.
Located in the Central Black Sea Region, Amasya is one of the first settlements in Anatolia. The climate of the region is a mixture of the Black Sea and Continental climate. The region is not so hot and dry in summer but receives little rainfall in winter.
Amasya is of great importance to Ottoman history as it had been the birthplace of many Sehzades (Sultans’ sons) where they received also their education
It is known that the first settlement occurred in 5500 BC and that the region came under the domination of the Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations.
Well-known for its cultural diversity, Amasya province is rich in historically significant monuments and artifacts amidst a lush green and generous landscape.
The King rock tombs of the Pontic Empire before the Common Era are among the most important ancient monuments of the region. Carved into limestone rocks on the slopes of Mount Harsena, these tombs mark the city skyline a Hellenistic flair.
Made during the Early Roman period and mentioned in the legend of Ferhat and Shirin, the Ferhat Water Channel was built into carved rocks to provide the region with water supply. Positioned parallel to the present day highway the channel is about 6 km in length.
Amasya Castle is another attraction that is situated on the steep slopes of Mount Harsena. Offering a unique view of Amasya, the castle bears the ruins of the Girls Palace in the southern section and borders the Tombs of the Kings on the other side.