Top Choice Mosque in Trabzon

Aya Sofya Mosque & Museum

Originally called Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom), Aya Sofya sits 4km west of Trabzon's centre on a terrace close to the sea. Built between 1238 and 1263, it was influenced by Georgian and Seljuk design, alth…
Top Choice Historic Building in Sinop

Tarihi Sinop Cezaevi

The cells, empty corridors, exercise yards and children's reform school of this hulking former prison within the fortress are haunting and unforgettable. Founded in 1887, it 'did time' as a prison until 1997, when i…
Top Choice Monastery in Black Sea Coast

Sumela Monastery

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary, better known as Sumela Monastery, 46km south of Trabzon, is one of the Black Sea coast's historical highlights. Founded in the 4th century AD, it was abandoned in 192…
Historic Building in Trabzon

Atatürk Mansion

Nestled in leafy Soǧuksu, 5km southwest of Atatürk Alanı, this three-storey, blindingly white late-19th-century mansion has fine views and lovely formal gardens. Built for a wealthy Greek banking family in the Black…
Mosque in Trabzon

Çarşı Camii

The recently restored Çarşı Camii is in the lively bazaar district, to the west of Atatürk Alanı. Its impressive stonework was erected in 1839, and it's the largest mosque in central Trabzon.
Mosque in Trabzon

Gülbahar Hatun Camii

Sultan Selim I the Grim, the Ottoman conqueror of Syria and Egypt (and known as Yavuz, or 'The Great' to the Turkish), built this mosque southwest of the bazaar in 1514 in honour of his mother, Gülbahar Hatun, who g…
Architecture in Trabzon

Alaca Han

Close to the recently restored Çarşı Camii (Market Mosque), you'll see the Alaca Han, a single-domed han (caravanserai) with an adjoining bathhouse, both thought to have been constructed in the 18th century. Subject…
Museum in Trabzon

Trabzon Museum

The Kostaki Mansion (1917), built for a Greek banker in the Ottoman Black Sea style, briefly hosted Atatürk in 1924. One of provincial Turkey's most comely museums – with ornate rooms, painted ceilings, carved woode…
Museum in Sinop

Sinop Archaeological Museum

Highlights of this excellent museum include the fabulous Meydankapı mosaic from the 4th century AD, depicting the four seasons and seven muses; a marble statue of lions savaging a deer from the 4th century BC; vario…
Mosque in Sinop

Alaaddin Camii

Dominating Sinop's busiest thoroughfare, this mosque was constructed for Süleyman Pervane in 1267 and has been repaired and augmented many times. The local Candaroğlu emir added the marble mihrab (niche indicating t…