Sinop attractions

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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…
Fortress in Sinop

Sinop Fortress

Open to attack from the sea, Sinop was first fortified by the Hittites around 2000 BC. The existing walls are additions made by the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans to those erected in 72 BC by Pontic king M…
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…
Historic Building in Sinop

Pervane Medresesi

The powerful Seljuk grand vizier Süleyman Pervane built this seminary in 1262 to commemorate the conquest of Sinop a half-century earlier. Pleasingly geometrical, with a marble entry and octagonal central fountain, …
Memorial in Sinop

Şehitler Çeşmesi

Secreted away near the harbour, next to the Hacı Ömer Camii (1903), the poignant Martyrs' Fountain commemorates the Turkish soldiers who died in the surprise Russian attack of 1853. It was built using money recovere…
Gate in Sinop


Near the shore on the northern side of the otogar is an ancient bastion called the Kumkapı. It is one of just two of the seven original city gates extant.
Statue in Sinop

Diogenes the Cynic Statue

This monument to the Greek philosopher born in Sinop in about 412 BC is next to the village otogar.
Memorial in Sinop

Sinop Martyrs' Monument

This monument near the museum contains the remains of soldiers killed in the Crimean War.
Gate in Sinop

Lonca Kapı

One of two of the seven original city gates extant in Sinop.