The mission of my visit to Safranbolu city in the Black Sea region in Turkey is to promote its culture, its buildings from the Ottoman Empire, and its folklore on behalf of UNESCO, which gave its patronage to the city in 1994.
This is my second visit in the city, and I have to say that people from the Directorate of Culture and Social Affairs have improved public services and the infrastructure. For example, there are new signs accross the city center and neighborhoods, with full-colored maps and indications of how to reach the tourist points of interest. They have also three new city-cars used by the municipality for their guests that are very colorful and charming, and patterned with illustrations of their houses – quite funny.
Safranbolu houses exist and have survived for more than 200 years in this Turkish city of culture. These houses today are the most important building blocks of its style. Across the district there are 2,000 traditional Turkish houses, which were built in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. About 800 of these masterpieces are under legal protection. These houses were divided into two groups: the first is to be used by the family during the winter time and are known as the “city” houses; the second are to be used during the summer and are known as “Bağlar.”
People from the municipality are committed to the preparations of the furthercoming film festival that will take place from September 16 to 18. And the very good news ıs that this time they are dealing with some İtalian documentary and Amatorial film festivals in order to exchange coverage of the event with European film journalists. For ınformation, go to: www.safranbolu.bel.tr .
Safranbolu city takes its name from the Saffron flower (Zaafaran) – the most expensive plant on Earth. This plant is still being cultivated in the surroundings of the district, and its gastronomic value and appeal warrants an article completely dedicated to its wonders.