Welcome to Çankırı, a historic city located in the Çankırı Province of Turkey, about 140 km (87 mi) northeast of Ankara. Situated at an altitude of 800 m (2500 ft) above sea level, Çankırı is a city that boasts a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering local cuisine. Join us as we uncover the many treasures of Çankırı and reveal why this enchanting destination should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Çankırı was known in antiquity as Gangra (Greek: Γάγγρα), and later Germanicopolis (Greek: Γερμανικόπολις). The city has also been known as Changra, Kandari or Kanghari. Gangra was absorbed into the Roman province of Galatia upon the death of Deiotarus in 6/5 BC. The earlier town was built on the hill behind the modern city, on which are the ruins of a late fortress, while the Roman city occupied the site of the modern city. Over the centuries the settlement witnessed the hegemony of many cultures and races, such as Hittites, Persians, ancient Greeks, Parthians, Pontic Greeks, Galatians, Romans, Byzantine Greeks, up to the Seljuks and finally the Ottoman Turks. Traces from its long past are still visible throughout the city.
Çankırı has a dry summer continental climate (Köppen climate classification: Dsa and Dsb) or a humid continental climate (Trewartha climate classification: Dca and Dcb). Other locations to the north of the city center feature more humid characteristics (Köppen climate classification: Dfa and Dfb). Summers are usually hot and dry and winters are cold and snowy. The rainiest month is May, while the driest month is July.
Various agricultural produce, including wheat, corn, beans, and apples is grown in the farms and fields. Most industry is concentrated near the Çankırı city center and the town of Korgun. Other towns included in the larger industrial area of the city are Şabanözü, Çerkeş, Ilgaz, Kurşunlu, and Yapraklı.
Çankırı is home to Çankırı Karatekin University, which was founded in 2007.
Şükrü Enis Regü (1922–1974), poet
Refik Saydam (1881-1942), physician, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Turkey
Tevfik Fikret (1867-1915) educator and poet
Ali Kemal (1869-1922) newspaper editor, poet, liberal-leaning politician, government official
Çankırı is a city that offers a wide range of attractions for visitors. One of the most popular attractions is the Çankırı Castle, which dates back to the Roman period. The castle is located on a hill overlooking the city and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Another popular attraction is the Çankırı Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts from the city’s rich history. The museum is located in the city center and is a must-visit for history buffs.
For those who love the outdoors, Çankırı offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, and exploring the natural beauty of the area. The Ilgaz Mountains, located just outside the city, are a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers. The mountains offer stunning views of the surrounding area and are home to a variety of wildlife.
Foodies will also love Çankırı’s local cuisine, which is known for its delicious meat dishes and fresh produce. Some of the most popular dishes include kebab, gözleme, and baklava.
Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or food, Çankırı has something to offer everyone. So why not add this enchanting destination to your travel bucket list today?