Amasya is both a city and a central Anatolia province noted for its apples, cherries, peaches and okra. The city was founded on the slopes of Mt. Harsena in a narrow cleft of the Yesilirmak River.
During its more than 3,000-year history, Amasya became a kingdom's capital, and an educational center for sultans' sons, scientists, artists and poets. The first stages of Turkey's War for Independence, which began during World War I, also took place in Amasya.
Amasya's hospitable people welcome visitors. The city boasts such historical and architectural treasures as the the 13th century Seljuk Burmali Mosque, the 14th century Ilhanli Bimarhane Mental Hospital, the 15th century Yildirim Beyazit Mosque and Complex, the unique octagonal Kapi Aga Medrese, or theological school, the Torumtay Mausoleum, and Ferhat water channel.
Forty miles northeast of Amasya is the crater Lake Borabay, imbued with crisp, clean air and a marvelous panorama. The lake is ideal for trout fishing, picnicking and communing with nature.