Things to Know

Tokat is a historically rich settlement center in Anatolia. There are traces of history all over the land and the city is located inland of the middle Black Sea region, 422 kilometers from Ankara. Walking around Tokat enables you to experience life at old times as there many historical buildings at various ancient sites.

The most iconic site of town is the Ottoman Fortress which contains 28 towers. The Garipler Mosque, built in 12th century and Ali Pasa Mosque from 16th century are also worth visiting.

Tokat's finest building is the Gök Medrese, constructed in 1270. It was founded as a school of theology and is now converted into a museum that houses archaeological finds from the area.

Among the notable monuments in this region is the Hatuniye Madrasah, built by sultan Beyazid II. Other noteworthy sites includes a Seljuk bridge spanning the Yesilirmak River belonging to 12th century. Latifoglu Mansion is a restored 19th-century Turkish house and architecture preserved as an example of traditional 17th century Turkish designs.

Niksar, located 69 kilometers (43 miles) northeast of Tokat, is an historically beautiful town in the province. It carries important signs from Turkey's past as a once capital of the Turkish Danismend Emirs and among its sightseeing highlights are the well-preserved citadel, Ulu Mosque and 12th century Yagbasan Medrese. Niksar also possesses crystal clear drinking water sold all over Turkey.

Zile is another ancient town, 67 kilometers (42 miles) west of the province with its fortress and 13th century Ulu Mosque. This district has had many events in its history too and is where the famous Roman Emperor Julius Caesar said his words "Veni, Vidi, Vici" or "I came, I saw, I conquered".

The ancient city of Sebastopolis is 68 kilometers away from the center of Tokat. Visitors on a tour can explore different features in the ruins, which are very interesting to explore.

Places to Visit in Tokat