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Amasra is a historical seaport built on a peninsula. For centuries there have been two bays and two islands that have welcomed mariners from across the seas. And five hills, each more beautiful than the last. Looking down from Boztepe (or Sandy Hill) is one of the most spectacular scenes ever to be seen. The night-lights and the evening shadows are a subtle invitation to follow the road from the center of town over the historical bridge. One of the most beautiful towns on the Black Sea coast, was called Sesamos in ancient times, when it was founded by the Miletians in the sixth century B.C. it stands on a peninsula split by two inlets. The eastern side enjoys a reputation for good swimming. On the rocky promontry rise the ramparts of the Byzantine citadel, inside of which is an old church, now the Fatih Mosque. The necropolis dates from the Roman period. Remnants from Amasra’s entire history are displayed in the Archaeology Museum. You can purchase a handcarved wood souvenir on Cekiciler street. Continuing eastward along the coast, you arrive at Cakraz, a typical fishing village with excellent beaches, friendly accommodations and restaurants. The winding road between Cakraz and Inebolu has steep mountainsides and offers a spectular panoramic view. Amasra is mostly a fishing town. The townspeople for centuries have always loved the sea and fish and the town has been a favored port in the stormy Black Sea. The fishermen have remained at port awaiting the end of the storm and during the severe winter months the houses of Amasra have harbored fishermen for whole six-month seasons as they awaited the coming of spring. The sea and fish continued to play an important role in the development of contemporary tourism in the area. The boarding-houses in the town are run by the townspeople. The people of Amasra opened their houses to tourists long before the first hotel or boarding-house was built to accommodate visitors. It has been felt as an obligation to establish a museum in Amasra, as this city is a centre of archaic settlement and rich in terms of historical monuments. Many activities were carried out for long years under the leadership of the poet - author Tahir Karaoguz to establish a museum in Amasra. The building was opened to visitors on January 30th, 1982 upon the completion of restoration work. The museum is on a single floor and has 4 exhibition halls, 2 of which are archaeological and 2 of which are ethnographic halls. Most of the monuments in the exhibition halls were collected from Amasra and its environs. No. 1 Archaeological Monument Hall: Small findings belonging to Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Eras are being exhibited in this hall. Earthenware and glass vessels for perfume and collecting tears, golden and bronze burial ornaments, various kinds of amphora and jugs recovered from the sea are also exhibited in this hall. There are also bronze statues, bracelets, fishing hooks, crucifixes, weapons, oil - lamps and vessels of the same period. Besides, golden, silver and bronze coins of Hellenistic, Rome and Byzantine Times are exhibited as well. No. 2 Archaeological Monument Hall: This hall is wholly allocated to the marble monuments of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Genoese Eras. Statues, statue heads, grave steles, various embossed architectural objects are exhibited in this hall. No. 1 Ethnographical Monument Hall: Small monuments of the Late Ottoman Period are exhibited in this hall. These monuments include copper kitchen vessels, weapons, writing sets, candlesticks, stamps, scales, ceramics, rings and vessels reflecting tree drawings, an art specific to the Amasra region. No. 2 Ethnographic Monument Hall: Clothes reflecting the customary clothing of the region and silver ornaments belonging to Late Ottoman Period are exhibited in this hall. There are also bedding and bed covers, Korans, carpets, small bags and old wall clocks in this hall. In addition, a Mediterranean map dated 1852, printed in the printing press of the palace, is exhibited in the corridor of the museum. There are stone monuments of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Genoese Times in the garden of the museum.
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We never get such a beautifull Blue Cruise (Wooden yacht) as we travelled all over the world. Captain and his wife (cooker) Turkish Dolma’s unforgettable in my life. I get this meal receipe and will use in my kitchen at home. Again respectfully her affort. We wish you well and much happiness. If you, ever get to the Ohio area in the USA, we hope you would call us so we could return your hospitality. Alinda Breukhuisen / Thomas Everglades