Tokat is a city located in the middle Black Sea region of Anatolia, known for its rich history and ancient sites. As you walk through the city, you can experience life as it was in ancient times by exploring its many historical buildings and landmarks.
One of the most iconic sites in Tokat is the Ottoman Fortress, which boasts 28 towers. Other historical mosques worth visiting include the Garipler Mosque, built in the 12th century, and the Ali Pasa Mosque from the 16th century.
The Gök Medrese, constructed in 1270, is Tokat's finest building. Once a school of theology, it now houses archaeological finds from the area and is open to visitors as a museum. The Hatuniye Madrasah, built by Sultan Beyazid II, and the Seljuk bridge spanning the Yesilirmak River from the 12th century, are also notable monuments in the region.
For those interested in traditional Turkish architecture, the Latifoglu Mansion, a restored 19th-century Turkish house, is an excellent example of traditional 17th century Turkish designs.
Niksar, located 69 kilometers (43 miles) northeast of Tokat, is another historically significant town with many sightseeing highlights such as a well-preserved citadel, Ulu Mosque, and 12th century Yagbasan Medrese. Niksar is also known for its crystal clear drinking water, which is sold all over Turkey.
Zile, a town located 67 kilometers (42 miles) west of Tokat, is another ancient settlement with a fortress and a 13th-century Ulu Mosque. The district has had many notable events in its history, including being the place where Julius Caesar said his famous words "Veni, Vidi, Vici" or "I came, I saw, I conquered."
Visitors can also explore the ancient city of Sebastopolis, located 68 kilometers away from the center of Tokat, and discover its many interesting ruins.