Safranbolu Turkey, Safranbolu Houses, History Safranbolu Houses

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Safranbolu is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. It is about two hundred kilometers north of Ankara and about a hundred kilometers south of the Black Sea coast, or more precisely about 9 kilometers north of the city of Karabük.

Former Turkish names of the town were Zalifre and Taraklıborlu and in Greek Saframpolis. 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.

The name of the town derives from ‘saffron’ and the Greek word ‘polis’ (city), since Safranbolu was a trading place and a center for growing saffron.

Today saffron is still alive at the village of Davutobası which is 22 km east of Safranbolu and probably one of the best quality saffron in the world.



Information about Safranbolu houses:

Safranbolu houses, 18 and the 19th century Excellent architectural examples that show the lives of the Turkish society.

Economic prosperity, the crowd of family structure and rainy climate, the effect of these structures, the “five-sided architecture referred to as” works of craftsmanship.



Enriching the narrow cobbled streets, neighborly relations Safranbolu houses in the foreground, reveals hundreds of years of experience cumbalarıyla, narrow windows, the rich interior decorations responds to human needs.
Historic houses; 2-3 floors, 6-8 rooms, each room with many windows and all rooms are buildings with great detail.



The houses are made on the land in whatever way, is provided on the upper floors with great mastery of geometric integrity.

Safranbolu is a wealth of cultural, every detail of the house reserved. Aesthetic use of stone, wood, masonry mind-boggling quality, set up indoors pools, stairs and door knockers.

Safranbolu doors by men of foreign mallet (şakşakla), foreign bayanlarca bracelet door, the latch will be played by the people returned home from the outside.

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