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Trabzon Turkey

Trabzon - TurkeyTrabzon is a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province.Trabzon is an important port city founded by merchants from Sinope about 1000 BC. and today it is the most important city in the region. Backed up against the mountains and facing the Black Sea, Trabzon is known for its natural and historical treasures. The city has strategic importance being located at the beginning of the road that connects the Black Sea coast to Iran and is close to the famous Zigana pass. Its location on the historical Silk Road, Trabzon became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Persia in the southeast and the Caucasus to the northeast. Trabzon is famous throughout Turkey for its anchovies called hamsi, which are the favored meal in many restaurants in the city. Major exports from Trabzon are hazelnuts and tea, but during World War II shipping activity was limited because the Black Sea had once again become a war zone resulting in the most important export products, tea, tobacco and hazelnut not be sold and shipped and living standards declined. Nowadays, as a result of the general development of the country, Trabzon has been able to develop its economic and commercial life. The coastal highway and a new harbour have increased commercial trade with Central Anatolia, which has improved its economic base. Unfortunatley, the progress has been slow in comparison with the western and the southwestern regions of Turkey. Many jokes in Turkey are told about the natives of the Black Sea region, but fortunately the people of the eastern Black Sea region are also known for their wit and sense of humour. Black Sea region Black Sea jokes (Turkish: Karadeniz fıkraları) are well observed in the cartoon figure Temel, a universal buffoon character found in many cultures, who in Turkey possesses an important part of the Turkish oral tradition.

Within the Trabzon Province the main attractions are the Sümela Monastery and Uzungöl. The Sümela Monastery, about 50 kilometers south of the city, was built on the side of a very steep mountain overlooking the forest below. Uzungöl is well known for its natural beauty and its amazing scenery. Trabzon's regional cuisine is traditionally dependent on fish, especially the hamsi, since Trabzon meets 20 percent of the total fish production in Turkey. Other regional foods include Akçaabat köfte - a spicy lamb meatball from the Akçaabat district, Karadeniz pidesi - a canoe shaped pita bread often filled with ground beef, cheese and eggs, sucuk - Turkish sausage, pastırma - pastrami, kuymak - a Turkish fondue made with cornmeal, fresh butter and cheese, Vakfıkebir ekmeği - a large country-style bread, Vakfıkebir tereyağı - Vakfıkebir butter, tava mısır ekmeği - a deep-dish corn bread and kara lahana çorbası - bean and cabbage soup as well as Taflan kavurması which is a cherry laurel dish served with onions and olive oil. Trabzon is also famous for its hazelnuts which play an important role in the local cuisine.

Region: Black Sea
Province: Trabzon Province
Beach: Yes
Marina: Yes
Hotels: Yes
Airport: Trabzon Airport
English language website: www.trabzon-information.com
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