Safranbolu is a town in northern Turkey, near the Black Sea. This little town is known throughout Turkey for its traditional Safranbolu houses. On December 17, 1994, the conventional and well-known Safranbolu Houses were added to the Unesco World Heritage List.
With their simple structure and traditional Turkish architecture, Safranbolu houses, which are among Unesco's "20 best-preserved historical cities," are the best specimens of the time. Other magnificent works abound in Safranbolu, where you can see Ottoman architecture's influence on culture and daily life. Other noteworthy monuments in this small town are the Hamam, Mosque, inn, and Ottoman fountains.
When viewed in its entirety, the houses and other architectural works of Safranbolu resemble an open-air museum. The Safranbolu houses, which originate from the 17th to 18th centuries, are one of the few examples of Ottoman civic architecture that have survived today. Safranbolu mansions are notable for their superb timber craftsmanship in addition to defying the passage of time. Tourists can now visit some of the 2000 Houses, which have been converted into museums. In addition, several houses are still being restored, and some residents are still living there.
The city of Safranbolu gets its name from the Saffron flower. Safranbolu produces the highest quality saffron in Anatolia. The saffron flower is one of the world's most expensive spices. It has a wide range of applications, including food, medicine, and cosmetics. Turkish pleasure with saffron, saffron tea, saffron rice, saffron perfume, and saffron soaps are all must-haves for visitors to Safranbolu who want to sample local delicacies or purchase gifts.
Safranbolu is easily accessible through the highway. Even though it is not a large city, its roadways are wide and modern. From Istanbul and Ankara, buses are available. It is also about 2.5 hours from Ankara and 5 hours from Istanbul.