Kastamonu Castle, located on one of the highest points of the city, was built in the 12th century by the Komnenos Dynasty , which ruled the Byzantine Empire at that time .
Inside the castle, which is one of the symbols of Kastamonu , there are cisterns , dungeons , escape tunnels and a tomb called “Bayraklı Sultan” .
Kastamonu Castle, located on a hill at an altitude of approximately 120 meters , offers its visitors a panoramic view of the city.
Kastamonu Clock Tower
The Clock Tower, built by Kastamonu Governor Abdurrahman Nureddin Pasha , is located behind the Kastamonu Government Office .
The clock of the Kastamonu Clock Tower, which was built between 1884 and 1885 , was brought from Europe. The tower, which has a height of 12 meters , was built using cut stone .
According to the rumor, the dial of the clock tower is II. Posted by Abdulhamid . He was exiled to Kastamonu because the untimely tolling bell of the clock in Istanbul Sarayburnu caused a pregnant concubine to miscarry.
It is unknown whether this clock is located on Sarayüstü Hill , but it does not prevent you from enjoying the view of the tower.
Kastamonu Historical Houses and Mansions
Kastamonu Historical Houses and Mansions, another symbol of the city, are examples of civil architecture . 350 of these cultural assets have a life span of more than a century .
Each of the mansions located in the city center differs from other historical mansions in our country, as they contain a different architectural and aesthetic understanding on their fronts .
Another difference in Kastamonu mansions is that the ground floor of the mansions is the floor where daily life is opened .
In historical mansions in other cities, the ground floor is not open to life and is known as deaf.
The most famous of these historical houses and mansions are Ballık Mansion , İsmail Bey Mansion , Sirkeli Mansion , 75th Year Republic House , Sepetçioğlu Mansion , Konyalı Mansion and Tahir Efendi (Ottoman) Mansion .
Inebolu Houses and Mansions
Inebolu, which has the most mansions after Kastamonu city center, has around 350 registered mansions .
Inebolu Houses, built of wood on steep slopes, have a three-story garden structure .
Most of the houses were painted with red-burgundy ocher extracted from the village of Aş.
The roofs of İnebolu Houses are covered with slate (marla) stone found in the region . When you see these houses, you will be fascinated by their beauty and you will have the desire to live in them.
Pompeiopolis Ancient City
The ancient city of Pompeiopolis, dating from the Roman Period, was established in 64 BC as the Paflagonian State Center .
Pompeiopolis, which means “City of Pompeius” , gained importance as a bishopric center in the 6th century AD.
Artifacts unearthed from the ancient city, which is a closed mound in the Taşköprü district of Kastamonu, are exhibited at the Kastamonu Archeology Museum .
Evkaya, the oldest rock tomb in Kastamonu, is located in the city center. It is thought that the tombs were built in the early 7th century BC under the influence of Phrygian culture.
There are a total of 8 rock tombs , three of which are monumental, in the area believed to have been used as an open-air sanctuary rather than a rock tomb .
The Evkaya Tomb, which gave its name to this area, attracts great attention with its columned façade and the depiction of Potnea Theron – The Goddess of Animals on its pediment.
Atatürk and Martyr Şerife Bacı Monument
Şerife Bacı is a great person who froze to death in December 1921 while protecting her child and the bullets in front of the barracks with her child on her back and her oxcart in front of her.
Atatürk and Martyr Şerife Bacı Monument, which was built in memory of Şerife Bacı, who represented the heroic Turkish woman who carried ammunition from İnebolu to Kastamonu during the War of Independence, is located in Cumhuriyet Square .
The monument, also known as the Kastamonu Turkish Women’s Monument , is of great importance in terms of revealing the important role played by women in the national struggle.
Istiklal Road Historical National Park
Declared as a Historical National Park in 2018 , Istiklal Road is a very special place where you can experience the historical atmosphere to the fullest.
The Independence Road is a 340-kilometer road that was used to transport the ammunition that came to İnebolu by sea to the front with oxcarts during the War of Independence . This road also has the third longest trekking track in our country. Make sure to stop by the Istiklal Road, which will take you on a journey through time with every step you take.
Other historical places you can visit in Kastamonu are Münire Madrasa Handicrafts Bazaar , Kastamonu Hometown Library , Taşköprü Kalekapı (Donalar) Rock Tomb , Şehinşah Rock Tomb , Kerempe Lighthouse , Kambur Bridge , Yakupağa Complex .
Kastamonu’s Historical Baths are also very famous. These include the Double Bath , the Kale Bath , the Frenkşah Bath , the Araba Pazarı Bath , the New Bath , the Palace Bath , the Bey Bath , the Dede Sultan Bath and the Ferhatpaşa Bath .
The historical inns that must be seen in Kastamonu are İsmal Bey Hanı (Kurşunlu Han) , Deve Hanı , Urgan Hanı , Gökçeağaç Hanı , Penbe (Balkapanı) Han , Cem Sultan Bedesten and Aşirefendi Hanı .
Among the mosques you can visit in the city are Atabey Mosque , Nasrullah Mosque and Mahmut Bey Mosque . Sheikh Şaban-ı Veli Tomb and Yanık Sultan Tomb are some of the tombs you can visit.