Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Safranbolu is a district and a town of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Its location can be roughly described as about two hundred kilometers north of Ankara and about a hundred kilometers south of the Black Sea coast, or more precisely as about 9 kilometers north of the city of Karabük. Former Turkish names of her were Zalifre and Taraklıborlu.
The Old Town preserves many old buildings, with 1008 registered historical artifacts. These are: 1 private museum, 25 mosques, 5 tombs, 8 historical fountains, 5 Turkish baths, 3 caravanserais, 1 historical clock tower, 1 sundial and hundreds of houses and mansions. Also there are mounds of ancient settlements, rock tombs and historical bridges. The Old Town is situated in a deep ravine in a fairly dry area in the rain shadow of the mountains. The New Town can be found on the plateau about two kilometers west of the Old Town.
Here is a photo of my students who are joining this project.They gave the reasons why they had chosen these heritage sites as this:"Cappadocia because it occured as a result of volcanic eruptions and a wonder of the nature" and "Safranbolu as it is an example of the best preserved Anatolian town,which is like a virtual open-air museum.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Dear all, How are you doing?
I would like to announce my students' decision about the sites to choose.I had expected them to choose one or two sites in Istanbul but they wanted to write about "City of Safranbolu" and "Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia."They will explain why they have chosen these two sites themselves.
Warmly, Huri Cinar