18 – Places to visit in Çankırı

Çankırı lived Hittite, Phrygian, Cimmerian, Persian, Alexander the Great, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Danişment, Candaroğlu and Ottoman periods respectively. During the Byzantine period, Germanikopolis and Gangra, later called Kengri, became Çankırı in the Republican Period. To summarize Çankırı;  High mountains covered with snow in the half of the year, forests covering one third of the land, highlands suitable for many kinds of tourism such as camping, caravans, pedestrian and horseback hiking, cycling, photography and hunting, rich thermal resources and drinking, cultural values ​​of centuries, loving people and traditional people It is ideal for those who want to stay alone with nature and get away from city life.

Çankırı Museum : A newspaper published in Duygu newspaper published in Çankırı between 1930-1938 reported that three stone monuments with antique value were brought to the public garden and taken under protection.

The Museum, which continued its works in this building until 1976, was temporarily moved to Çankırı High School due to the demolition of the Public Education Building and the construction of the 100th Anniversary Cultural Center in its place. A class of the high school was turned into a warehouse and the office activities of the museum were carried out here. When the construction of the 100th Year Cultural Center was completed, on 23 August 1981 the Museum was moved to the second floor of this building and opened to visitors again.

With this news, it is understood that an application that can be evaluated within the scope of Museology activity was started to be carried out by the Directorate of Culture at that time. In a professional sense, the Museum activity started with the exhibition of 116 pieces compiled from the environment on 9 June 1972 on the lower floor of the Halkevi building (Public Education Center).

Cendere (Salman) Höyük : It is located in the Cendere Village on the side of the Çankırı-Kastamonu motorway, southeast of Ilgaz district. The monumental structures in the region are located on the eastern slopes of a rocky, high hill to the south of Devrez Stream. There are caves carved by many people, rock tombs, temples which are supposed to be rock churches and caverns of unknown purpose.

It is presumed that this was one of the sacred areas where religious ceremonies were held and possibly connected to the mound. Rock temples, steep and narrow passages through which the access roads, caravans, was made to worship and pray to protect the request from bandits.

Sakaeli Rock Tombs : The rock tombs on the steep slopes to the south of the hill where the village rests on the back of the village, which is 7 km from the center of the Central District and 72 km from the city center, belong to the Roman and Byzantine Periods.

3 km from the village in the direction of the stream. Fairy chimney formations and the rock tombs between them form interesting images

Çankırı Castle and Emir Karatekin Bey Tomb : The castle is built on a small hill to the north of the city. The walls are built with a mixture of rubble stones and bricks. The fortress, which was also used as a settlement in the past, has survived until today.

Salt Cave : The salt deposits which are located 20 km from the central district and estimated to have been operated since the Hittite Period have the largest rock salt reserves of our country. Visitors who visit the cave formed by cavities opened to obtain salt think that they are in a modern highway tunnel. The cave has an area of ​​approximately 100 hectares and consists of many galleries.

The rock salt produced in the cave where stalactites and stalagmites are found in places are processed in salt factories in our province and marketed as table and industrial salt throughout the country. The Governor of Çankırı aims to bring the cave into tourism by introducing the tur Crystal Art Gallery ”project, which will include sculptures and reliefs of various periods in the cave, and the salt sculptures, the first step of the project, are exhibited in the cave.

Efforts are underway to bring the cave, which has a favorable environment for asthma patients, to health tourism with its constant temperature and humidity values.

Alpsarı Pond (Sarıgölü) : The Alpsarı Pond , which is 10 km from the town center and 22 km from the city center, is the largest pond of the environment with an area of ​​227.000 m2.

It is an important recreation area due to the topographical structure of the area and the beauty of the flora integrated with this structure.

Ilgaz Ski Center : Ilgaz Ski Center, which is one of the most important ski centers of the Black Sea Region, is located in Ilgaz National Park which is established on an altitude of 2850 meters on the Ilgaz Mountain between Kastamonu and Çankırı. The ski season starts in December and continues until April.

Bayramören Historical Wooden Bridge : The bridge built on the Melan River is an important gateway connecting the two sides of the valley, especially for the passage of pedestrians and animals.

The construction date of the bridge is not known exactly according to the research XIX. century with the efforts of the people of the district is estimated. The historic bridge exhibits an architecture built with timber on three pillars built of smooth cut stone.

These feet are made of triangles in the direction of water arrival and rectangular in the direction of flow. wooden roof.

Ulu Mosque (Sultan Süleyman Mosque): The mosque, which was built by Sadık Kalfa, one of the architects of Mimar Sinan, was opened for worship in 1558 by the order of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.

The mosque, which is located in the central district and has a square plan, has a large full dome in the middle and half domes on all four sides of this dome.

Kırkpınar Plateau : Located 70 km from Çankırı and 22 km from Ilgaz, this plateau is one of the most beautiful highlands of our country. The plateau is on the slope of Emir Gazi Hill and there are many flower species.

You will feel the spring air even in the hottest days of summer. You can do a lot of activities here, especially picnics.

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