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Bartin is a province located on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, east of Zonguldak. The cityscape of Bartin is marked by wooden houses of traditional architecture, providing a serene atmosphere. The history of Bartin dates back to 1200 BC when the Gasgas tribe inhabited the region. Over the years, the region was under the domination of various empires, including the Hittites, Frigs, Kringens, Kokons, Enets, Cimmerians, Lydians, Persians, and Macedonians.

Bartin's historical development can be divided into three stages. The first stage, between 300 AD to 1100 AD, was characterized by the dominance of the Roman and Byzantine Empires. The second wave occurred between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, when the Turkish Seljuks and the Candarogullari State became dominant powers. Bartin was conquered by Ottoman Sultan Yildirim Bayazit in 1392.

The Bartin Wooden Houses exhibit characteristics of the art movements that followed the Tanzimat Fermani (Reforms Decree). The city has a mild Black Sea climate with abundant rainfall, making it lush and green throughout the year. The rivers running through the city offer boat trips for visitors to enjoy the beautiful landscape while passing through town.

Bartin hosts a strawberry festival in the spring and boasts beaches of excellent quality. Inkum is a delightful setting with holiday villages and other facilities and a beautiful beach. Çarkaz is a fishing village known for building boats and an ideal location for fishermen.

Amasra, founded in the 6th century BC and formerly known as Sesamos, is a must-visit place in Bartin. The picturesque city offers unparalleled views of the Black Sea coast, and East Amasra has excellent swimming spots. If you're worried about staying dry in the rain, visit Çekiciler Street, where you can find waterproof clothing.

The Paphlagonia region has several ancient ruins dating back thousands of years, including three major sites within the borders of Bartin: Sesamos (Amasra), Kromna (Kurucasile), and Erythinoi (Cakraz).

The ancient city of Bartin has both above and below-ground structures, including a castle, two churches, bedesten, the Kuskayasi Road Monument (unique in the world), and the Inziva Cave. Other sites, such as the forum, council palace, road of honor, theater, and acropolis, are still waiting to be uncovered.

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