Tokat, which was known as the ‘Komana’ during the Byzantine period, ‘Kah-Cun’ in Iran period, ‘Dar Un-Nusrat’ during the the Seljuk Empire, Mongol period known with ‘Sobaru’ name, is a province in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
Surface Area: 10,071 km²
Districts: Central, Almus, Artova, Basciftlik, Erbaa, Niksar, Pazar, Resadiye, Sulusaray, Turhal, Yesilyurt and Zile.
Tokat, believed to have been founded by the Togayites in the early ages, passed under the rule of the Hittites, Assyrians, Hurris and Cimmerians, and then passed to the administration of the Persians, Macedonians of the Alexander the Great period, the Kingdom of Capodocia and the Pontus Kingdom, which was named “Comana Pontica”. It was ruled by the Romans and the Byzantine State in 65 BC. Tokat Castle, which is of critical importance in the Byzantine-Sassanid and Byzantine-Arab wars, is located on Hisartepe, 750 meters high, in the southwest of the city, which was conquered by the Danishmens (1071) and then by the Anatolian Seljuks (1150). The oldest traces of Tokat Castle belong to 5. or 6. centuries and it is known that the castle existed in these years.
PLACES TO VISIT
Tokat has been the home of various civilizations throughout history. Many of the countless historical artifacts spread over towns and villages from these civilizations have been damaged by wars and earthquakes for 5000 years. The point that the Roman Emperor Caesar said “I came, I saw, I was defeated” is thought to be Zile. Tokat is a lucky province in terms of natural beauties.
Tokat Castle: It is thought that the castle was built in the 5th and 6th century AD. It remained in the hands of the Byzantines for many years. In Seljuk and Ottoman periods, it was repaired and renewed for the purpose of defense.
Sebastapolis Ancient City: The Ancient City, located in Sulusaray district center, was established in the Bronze Age. The foundation date of the ancient city of Sebastapolis is not yet known. It is thought to have been founded in 1 B.C. Sebastapolis is in Latin as a word and it means “big city with magnificence”. In some sources, the name Heracleopolis is mentioned. It is known that the city was an important settlement area during the Roman and Byzantine Periods .
Atatürk House and Ethnography Museum : Atatürk visited this place several times during the National Struggle and after the Republic was declared. In some of his visits, he stayed in this house owned by Mustafa Vasfi Süsoy. The house was later turned into a museum.
Gök Madrasah: Gök Madrasah, which is one of the important structures of Anatolian Seljuks, does not have an inscription. However, considering the period when Muiniddin Süleyman Pervane was effective , its construction is thought to be the third quarter of the 13th century .
Tokat Museum: It is located in the bedesten, which is an Ottoman building in the historical Sulusokak in the city center. Although the building known as Arastalı Bedesten is a historical building, it is not known when it was built. It is estimated that it was built in the XV. and XVI. century from the remains and historical sources that can survive .
Ali Pasha Mosque: It is located on Cumhuriyet Square. It is one of the most beautiful examples of Ottoman monuments . It was built in 1572 by Ali Pasha during the reign of Sultan 2. Selim .
Meydan Mosque: It is the mosque built by Sultan 2. Beyazit on behalf of Gulbahar Hatun. It was built in 1485. It is known as the most beautiful Ottoman work in the city. You may want to get to know Tokat, which offers a unique history and natural beauty.
Sulusaray Spa: Located among the Historical Ruins of Nicepolis, Sulusaray Spa is the most important spa of the region. There are 2 hotels here.
Ballıca Cave: Known under the name of Indere, the cave is located in the village of Pazar, Ballıca. The cave, which is one of the biggest caves in the world, has been open to visitors since 1995. It is estimated that the formation of the cave started 4 million years ago. It is about 680 meters long and 90-95 meters high.
Resadiye Thermal Springs: Sources that have therapeutic features in the district are an important part of district tourism. Resadiye is a district famous for its hot springs. Water, the highest temperature at 48 degrees, has over 4 g of mineral per liter.
Goose Lake: Goose Lake is one of the newest beauties of Tokat. Goose Lake was actually a swamp. A landscape study has been launched recently to bring it to tourism. It is also a wildlife development area that hosts 108 kinds of birds. The most striking feature is the 2 observation towers rising among these lush green reeds. Since there are many bird types here, it is highly preferred with bird watchers.
Highway: Tokat can be reached from anywhere in the country. It is possible to reach the Unye beach from Niksar-Akkus .
Airline: Istanbul-Ankara scheduled flights are organized from Tokat Airport, which is located 17 km on the Tokat-Turhal highway .
Railway: DDY-connected trains that operate on the Sivas-Samsun line receive passengers from Artova, Zile and Turhal districts.