June 24, 2019

The city of Corum is Central Anatolia’s doorway

Although Corum is influenced by Central Anatolia’s mainland climate, it also experiences the Black Sea’s softer climate to a certain degree. The summer months bring hot and dry weather whereas the winter is harshly cold. The best time to visit is during spring and summer

Corum has a historical and cultural past which reaches back as much as 700 years. The city of Corum is Central Anatolia’s doorway to the Black Sea and is in a unique position within the Anatolian cultural mosaic. Besides the Hittite civilization, the Seljuk and Ottoman eras have also left their mark in the form of mosques, bridges and fortresses, each one a priceless work of art. Corum is also worth seeing for its gorgeous natural scenery such as the plateaus and the Incesu Canyon. Its famous chick peas and high-quality rice produced in Osmancik and Kargi are known all over the world.

History of Corum

Owning an old and deep-rooted cultural structure, Corum has been the cradle of many civilizations throughout history. The city can be traced as far as the Paleolithic age and it is known that the area has been continually inhabited since 4000 B.C. Corum is a typical outdoor museum in itself housing artifacts from many eras. The city continues its tradition of local culture and art and its most important tourist site is BOGAZKOY, which was once the capital of the Hittites. The city’s tourism is kept well and truly alive thanks to Bogazkoy, which is the focal point of Corum’s Culture and Tourism agenda, and other Hittite city ruins and ancient structures.

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Highlights of Corum

Alacahoyuk is 45 km south of Corum and 17 km northwest of the town of Alaca. It is located in the Alacahoyuk Village which is 34 km from Bogazkoy and 210 km from Ankara. The tumulus (hoyuk) was first introduced to the science world by W.C. Hamilton in 1835 and since then the tumulus has been regularly visited by scientists traveling to Central Anatolia.

The Bogazkoy (Hattushash) ruins are 82 km southwest of Corum City and 208 km away from Ankara. The ruins of the Hittite nation’s capital Bogazkoy are in the south corner of the Budakozu River valley. It has a border of deep crevices on the north and west sides caused by the break-up of countless rock masses and mountain cliffs at a height of 300 meters above the lowland. The city is on a wider plain towards the north and, apart from this northern area, all the areas are surrounded by fortress walls.

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