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City of Safranbolu

Safranbolu is famous for its charmingly well preserved Ottoman Turkish houses dotted around its cobbled streets, as well as other famed must see architecture. It is one of the most beautiful small towns in Turkey with its extraordinarily Ottoman townscape.

Authentic Example of the Tradition

Safranbolu, a unique Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and historic houses. This is a place to come not just to explore the wonderful old wooden houses of a bygone age but also to stay in them and play at being Ottoman for a day.

Safranbolu is a town of Karabuk in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Safranbolu is a typical Ottoman city that has survived to the present day. It also displays an interesting interaction between the topography and the historic settlement.

Safranbolu's current layout and features were established in the 17th and 18th centuries. Safranbolu is one of the few important cities that remained intact and developed in accordance with the Turkish city structure over time. The most remarkable aspects of those houses stem from their harmony with nature and their feature designed to protect the nature.

The city is famous for its Cavus grapes, which are unique to the area.

Safranbolu Houses

The Safranbolu houses represent the city culture in an original way. There are 2000 traditional Safranbolu houses, which are the best examples of the traditional Turkish housing architecture. The houses with modest floor plans, customs and traditions, are a unique spatial account of Turkish lifestyle and culture based on respect for the nature and neighbours.

Unesco World Heritage

Safranbolu is known for its uniquely preserved traditional Ottoman Turkish architecture, included to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1994 on cultural criteria. City of Safranbolu is represented as three parts in the World Heritage List; Cukur, Kirankoy and Baglar.

UNESCO Identity Card:

  • Official Name: City of Safranbolu
  • Architectural Type: City
  • Built: 18th century
  • Date of Inscription: 1994
  • Type: Cultural
  • Reference: 614
  • Location: Karabuk, Turkey

City of Safranbolu, Turkey

Traditional Ottoman Houses, Safranbolu