Historical and touristic places; travel to Çorum
Çorum: Famous for its roasted chickpeas, Çorum was settled for the first time in the Neolithic Era and is now home to several sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Çorum dating back as far as 7000 years is the first settlement that fell under the rule of the Hittites by the time they took control of the Anatolian lands.
Throughout the centuries, many civilizations have existed and thrived in Çorum province. Naturally, the region is rich in historical artifacts and monuments. The Lion’s Gate, for example, is among the best known of these relics.
Located in the Central Black Sea region at a high altitude, Çorum has a continental climate. The summer is hot and dry and the winter is cold and rainy.
Çorum welcomes all visitors who want to be steeped in history and explore one of the earliest settlements of the Anatolian region.
Prepare to be amazed by the scenic and historic beauty of this unique city which was the first settlement of the Hittites in Anatolia and the home of many succeeding civilizations.
Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Hattusa has been the entrance gate to Anatolia and the capital city of the Hittite empire which was one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient East. The first settlement in this region occurred in 5000 BC by the indigenous peoples called the Hattie.
The walls, remains of great palaces, courtyards and the famous Lion’s gate of Hattusa, where the first cuneiform tablets were found, are some of the ruins that can be seen on site today. One of the largest and most magnificent monuments is the Yazılıkaya open air sanctuary. Built on high rocks, the walls of the temple are decorated with more than 90 depictions of gods, goddesses, animals and fantasy creatures.
Layers of different civilizations were unearthed at Alacahöyük the most important center of arts and religious rites during the early Bronze Age and Hittite periods. Alacahöyük is literally a historic treasure abounding in large structures, walls, sphinxes, water channels, monumental gates, houses and streets and even some precious jewelry.
Of religious and military significance Sapinuva, also known as Ortaköy, is another major city of the Hittite period. Various buildings were brought to light on the site where thousands of cuneiform tablets had been found.
Displaying the region’s unique artifacts, the Corum, Alacahöyük and Bogazköy museums feature also topographical maps and reenactments to take visitors on a journey through history.
The Iskilip, Corum, Osmancık Kandiber and Hacihamza castles and Corum and Sungurlu clocktowers are some of the historic structures worth the visit.
A variety of shrines and madrasas in addition to Ulu Mosque, Han Mosque and Hidirlik Mosques can give you some idea of the religious architecture of the Ottoman period.
You can enjoy the scenery while passing the Koyunbaba Bridge built on the Kızılırmak River and discover the traces of the near past while sightseeing the historic houses and mansions of Çorum.
Drawing the attention for its history and spectacular natural wonders, Çorum can also be explored in this respect.
Well known for its relief of the mythological goddess Cybele, the Incesu Canyon is a terrific location that lends itself to outdoor sports such as rafting and trekking. Kargı, Abdullah and Iskilip are some of the plateaus of the region where you can enjoy the sight of lush green forests and lakes and engage in watersports such as canoeing. The perfect location for jeep safari, the Osmancık Kunduz Forests invite outdoor sports enthusiasts to adrenaline-filled adventures.
Not to be missed are the traditional delicacies of the local cuisine such as Tiritli Tandır Böreği (Tandır pastry with minced meat), Iskilip dolma, Iskilip köfte (meat balls prepared in local style) and the roasted chickpeas with eggs which will delight the taster’s palate.
Furthermore, you may want to get some souvenirs or gifts for loved ones and consider purchasing some of the roasted chickpeas the city is known for and some woven fabric from Kargı or Eskialibey or some runners with shamrock motives.
Çorum, the capital city of one of the world’s largest civilizations the Hittites, is ever ready to welcome all visitors who want to explore this enigmatic city.
As a cultural center, Çorum welcomes its guests with festivals organized all the year round.
The Çorum International Hittite Fair and Festival is held in July every year. Aiming to promote the civilizations and cultures that have flourished in the city the festival becomes the scene of many enjoyable activities.
The numerous stands offering a wide range of local products in addition to various competitions and shows are among the main attractions of the Kargı Fair, organized in the first week of November every year.
The Bogazkale Culture and Tourism Activities, Karakucak and Oil Wrestling Competitions and Festivities, Höke Vineyards Local Products Festivity are some of the other events and activities that take place in Çorum.
How can I get there?
Çorum can be reached via the highway as there is no airport in the the city.
The nearest airport is located in Samsun province. It is possible to take a flight to Samsun and to contine to Çorum by taking the highway.
Another possible route is to take a flight to the Istanbul or Ankara airports and to continue from there by taking one of the intercity buses leaving from the bus terminal to Çorum. The journey to Çorum lasts only a few hours. Once you have arrived there you can make use of the shuttles, public buses or taxis to get to any destination within Çorum province.
Indeed, your visit to Çorum will turn out to be both illuminating and fun!