On this live-streamed virtual tour we will explore Amasya, one of the best open-air museums in Turkey, nestled in the hills alongside which flows a tranquil river.
We will begin our tour with a visit to Harsena Castle, which is central to the city's rich history spanning a multitude of civilisations and empires, from the Hittites to the Ottomans. You will even see a Roman Bridge which connects to some Ottoman-era houses located along the defensive walls of the city.
As we make our way further into the city, I will enthral you with myths, historical legends, and stories related to the traditions that still prevail in Amasya. We will visit the Sultan Bayezid Mosque Complex, whose courtyard is coloured with the foliage of beautiful maple trees. The mosque is home to a fountain used for ablutions, a birdhouse, a Madrasah with special acoustic architecture, and a kitchen where food is made for all and served free of charge.
Another special attraction on our tour would be the King Rock Tombs. This place features over 21 tombs, five of which we can visit, as well as a canon on top that is still used during Ramadan to signal devotees to break their fast. After exploring this area, we will take a deep dive into Turkish tradition with a visit to a 500-years-old Hamam or communal Turkish bathhouse.
Moving ahead, we will pass a railway tunnel from the 1930s that is sometimes used as a prison. Yet another exciting stop that we will make will be at Bimarhane, the first medical school in the city where attendants treat patients with the sounds of water, birds, and musical instruments. Remember to ask me here about the legend of the God of Strom.
We will end our tour near the river, at a spot that offers a panoramic view of the Clock Tower and various government buildings located on the other side.