Discovery Tokat

Tokat is the capital city of Tokat Province of Turkey, at the mid Black Sea region of Anatolia. According to the 2018 census, the city of Tokat has a total population of 612,646. The city of Tokat had a population of 149,379. The distance between Sivas Airport and Tokat is 109 km. Tokat is an unexplored paradise.

Tokat was established in the Hittite era. During the time of king Mithradates VI of Pontus, it was one of his many strongholds in Asia Minor. After the Battle of Manzikert the town, like most of Asia Minor, came under the control of the Seljuq Turks. However, after the death of Sultan Suleiman ibn Qutulmish in 1086, the Emir Danishmend Gazi took control of the area, operating from his power base in the town of Sivas. It would be many decades before the Seljuks took control of that region, in the reign of Kilij Arslan II. After the Battle of Köse Dağ, Seljuk hold over the region was lost, and local Emirs such as the Eretna took power until the rise of the Ottomans. 

Ali Pasa Mosque

The most important landmark is the Ottoman Citadel, with 28 towers, founded on a rocky hill overlooking the town. Other sights include the Garipler Mosque dating to the 12th century and the Ali Paşa Mosque (16th century) and the Gök Medrese (Pervane Bey Darussifasi), which was constructed in 1270. It was founded as a school of theology, and is now converted into a museum, housing archaeological finds from the area. 

The Latifoglu Konak

The Latifoglu Konak, a late 18th-century Ottoman residence, is an example Baroque architecture. The two-story building has been restored and converted into a small museum. Much of the furniture in the kitchen, study, visitors’ rooms with bath and toilet, bedroom, master’s room and harem is original. The city is also home to Gaziosmanpaşa Üniversitesi, founded in 1992 and named after the local hero, Gazi Osman Paşa.

Tokat Castle

Tokat Castle, is an ancient citadel with 28 towers built on top of a rocky peak in the center of Tokat, Turkey.

While its first residents are unknown, the city’s history dates back to 3,000 BC. The Hittites and Persians ruled over the area. The earliest known artifacts of the castle date back to the 5th century, and its first recorded residents were Christian groups migrating from Comana Pontica. The castle was under the control of the Byzantine Empire until its takeover by Danishmend Gazi in 1074 and eventual rule by the Great Seljuq Empire.[ It went through renovations in the Seljuq and Ottoman periods. Because it was used as a prison for rebels and government administrators at times, it was also called Çardar-ı Bedevi, meaning the Wild Arbor.

Vlad the Impaler, also known as Count Dracula, was one of its inmates early in the 15th century. The castle is being restored and its secret passage is open to visitors.

Ballıca Cave

Famous for its stalactites, rare geological formations and cures for asthma, Ballıca Cave in the northern Anatolian province of Tokat is continuing to draw large numbers of visitors, with 70,125 people going spelunking last year.

Provincial Culture and Tourism Director said the cave had retained its mystery with parts that had not yet been opened to visits, as well as undiscovered sections.

“Viewing the formations in the Ballıca Cave is like visiting a natural museum. The age of the cave is nearly 3.4 million years old. Walking in the cave is a mysterious adventure. It is a place where all cave formations can be seen and is a wonder of nature,” he said. 

“And this cave has not yet even finished its formation. It is a very important place for Tokat tourism.”Akyüz said, adding that more than 55,000 people visited the cave in 2013, and 70,125 people in 2014.

He said Ballıca also helped those suffering from asthma due to its healing air. “It is necessary to establish a health center for people with asthma. We believe that it will be more popular through time. The oxygen level in the cave is more than the level outside. This is important for people with asthma, who may find the cure here,” he said. 

“Even a person, who knows nothing about caves sees that it is a wonder of nature, a wonderful cave. Tour operators always show their admiration for the cave,” he said, noting the site’s special nature.

The cave is located on a hill at an altitude of 1,085 meters. Its sections known as Havuzlu, Büyük Damlataşlar, Çamurlu, Fosil, Yarasalı, Çöküntü, Sütunlar, Mantarlı and Yeni are open to visits and is a popular place among people with patients with asthma, as well as tourists. 

Seven-layered cave

Ballıca Cave

Featuring two layers above the entrance and five layers below the entrance, Ballıca, also known as İndere, is a seven-layered cave, according to the website of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry. 

There are small ponds, drippings, dry natural pools and small polls on every layer, although there is also a lake on the fifth layer. The amount of mud and wet clay is high although there is no water flow at each layer floor. Such wet sediment makes climbing and descending difficult.

Kaz Lake

Lake Kaz is situated near Üzümören, which is located on the Pazar- Zile highway in the province of Tokat. It also covers the districts of Turhal and Pazar. It is situated at lat 40°15’00’’- 40°22’30’’ N, long 36°07’30’’- 36°15’00’’ E. The depth of the lake varies between 1 and 1.5 m. The surface area of the lake is 2293 ha (12). Lake Kaz is at an altitude of 540 m (10). No river feeds the lake. It is recorded that the lake is fed by an underground spring.

Kaz Lake

The distance to the center of Tokat Province is 39 km. , 19 km to the town of Turhal, 11 km to the town of Pazar. It is 23 km to Zile district. Lake KAz migratory birds are located on migration routes, so they provide accommodation for bird species. Migration of migratory birds migrating in Goose Lake starts in March. It continues until May. In late June, baby birds are ready to fly. In early July, the first migration starts and continues. Migratory birds who spend the winter in the lake In September-October, the revenues migrate to the north with the warming of the weather.

The Almus Dam (Almus Barajı in Turkish) is an earthen embankment dam that is near the town of Almus (28 kilometers East of Tokat city in center north of Turkey) and is located on the River Yesilirmak which runs into the Black Sea.

The main purposes of the dam is irrigation, flood control and hydroelectricity. The hydroelectric power plant (established in 1966) at the dam has a capacity of 27 megawatts (three facilities at 9 megawatts each). The dam contains 3,405,000 m3 (120,200,000 cu ft) of material and irrigates an area of 21,350 hectares. The dam’s spillway is capable of discharging a maximum 2,800 m3/s (98,881 cu ft/s) and its bottom outlet a maximum of 50 m3/s (1,766 cu ft/s).

Zile Castle

Zile Castle located on a mound in the center of the Zile district of Tokat province. Today, there are Roman and Byzantine architectural pieces and inscriptions scattered around the castle. Based on these, it is believed that the castle was built in the 11th century AD during the Roman period. Before this, it is written in some sources that Seleucid Mithriadates built a castle there with underground passages and military purposes.

Zile, anciently known as Zela (Greek: Ζῆλα) (still as Latin Catholic titular see), is a city and a district of Tokat Province, Turkey. Zile lies to the south of Amasya and the west of Tokat in north-central Turkey. The city has a long history, including as former bishopric and the site of the Battle of Zela, which prompted the phrase “Veni, vidi, vici.” Today the city is a center for agricultural marketing and tourism.

Niksar Houses

Niksar  is a city in Tokat Province, Turkey. It was settled by many empires, being once the capital city of the province. Niksar is known as “Çukurova of the North-Anatolia” due to its production of many kinds of fruits and vegetables except citrus fruits. On 02 May 2018 Niksar was included in the World Heritage tentative list.

Niksar Castle

Zinav Canyon is located in the Reşadiye district of Tokat Province. The canyon is about 6 km long.

Zinav Canyon
Zinav Canyon