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Yozgat

cloak tower in YozgatThe province of Yozgat lies 217 kilometers (135 miles) east of Ankara. Its history extends as far back as the Hittite period when it was an important residential area in Anatolia during those times. Alisar, one of the main Hittite cities, lies inside the borders of this province. Bogazkoy and Alacahoyuk, though not being part of Yozgat, are near enough to reflect the central position of the site then, with notable ruins found in the district.

2000 years-old Roman bath, known as Basilica Therma, in Sarikaya district is pretty impressive. It was restored with excavations started in 2014 and is one of the few examples in the world amongst Roman baths with thermal water in it.

Today's city of Yozgat on the other hand is rather new; founded in the 18th century by the Ottomans. The founder, Capanoglu Ahmet Pasha, was the "Bey" of the Turkmens at that time. The Capanoglu Mosque carries his name and stands as a remain of this period together with the Suleyman Bey Mosque.

The Nizamoglu Mansion was constructed in the 19th century and is a prominent building, presenting fine Turkish architectural style. It is an important house from the Ottoman period and is now used to exhibit ethnographical findings. Other traditional and restored buildings in the city are; Hayri Inal mansion, Muteber Divanlioglu mansion, Huzni Baba mansion, Zarife Nine mansion, Kayyumzade mansion, Asiyan mansion, Karslioglu mansion, and Mehmet Aga mansion. City museum housed inside the 19th century military building and Archaeological museum are other sites to visit in Yozgat.

Camlik is an islet of forests near Yozgat center. This site is a national park located 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of the city and it adorns the land with its beautiful scenery.

On March 29, 2006, Total Solar Eclipse was seen from Yozgat at 14:03pm local time.

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