Amasya

Trip Start May 24, 2008
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Trip End Jul 26, 2008


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Monday, July 14, 2008

Amasya was a pretty little town and a great place to spend a few days.  As we make our way back to Istanbul, the hardcore sightseeing is beginning to wind down and we begin to phase in more relaxation time.  Of course, that doesn't mean it has been all hard work up to this point.

The city has a very nice collection of old Ottoman homes that have been carefully maintained and restored.  This little point on the map also has a massive amount of historical events that it has given the world.  Let's begin, shall we?

1.  First and foremost the place has been inhabited since 5500 BC.  Enough said.

2.  Alexander the Great came through in the 4th century BC.  What did he do?  He conquered it.  That's what good 'ol Alexander did best.

3.  The city was a center of activity for the Kingdom of Pontus and many of the kings were buried in the cliffs above the city.  Now only the empty tombs remain.  You'll see those in a couple of minutes.

4.  The world's first geographer, Strabo, was born here around 63 BC and came back to die at his place of birth in 25 AD.  Well, he wasn't necessarily the first geographer, but his work Geographica is considered to be the most important work on geography contained in history. It is well respected as the first attempt to collect all of the geographical knowledge attainable at the time and compose the first scientific basis for geography.

5.  It was during his conquest of Amasya around 47 BC that Julius Caesar declared in his immortal words, "Veni, vidi, vici." - "I came, I saw, I conquered."  And finally,

6.  Ataturk secretly met with friends here on June 12, 1919 to put together the basic plans for the Turkish struggle for Independence after World War I.

History is over for the day.  Now enjoy the pictures!

Jon and Liz
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