ÇankırıCankiri is a small historical town, located in the Cankiri province of North-Central Turkey. Situated at an elevation of about 800 meters from the sea level, Cankiri is nestled in the bosom of a rich valley that is abundantly watered by the Aci River (a tributary to Kizil River). This small town lies some 140 km Northeast of Ankara and has a population of about 60000 (2004). This little cozy town is far off from the maddening crowd and therefore a great choice for a relaxing vacation.
The ancient name was of Cankiri was Gangra In fact, name wise, "Cankiri" has a lot of predecessors like Gangra, Germanicopolis, Changra, Kandari or Kanghari. The city of Cankiri is quite well connected with its neighboring urban culture by rail and road. The town lies on the Ankara-Zonguldak railway line and is surrounded by Ankara (Southwest), Zonguldak (200 km Northwest) and Kirikkale (100 km South).
The ancient profession of this region was salt extraction, which is pursued till date, but in a small scale. Agriculture is important and the produce includes grain and fruits. Silky wool from Angora goat is also produced to a large extent and is used in the making of Mohair.
If you want to relax for a few days away from the hubbub of busy city life and enjoy the natural splendor, Cankiri province of Turkey might be a good option.
It was known in antiquity as Gangra, then Germanicopolis (Greek: Γερμανικόπολις) for a period, although Ptolemy calls it Germanopolis (Greek: Γερμανόπολις), then Changra, Kandari, or Kanghari. The settlement witnessed the hegemony of many cultures and races, such as Hittites, Persians, Ancient Greeks, Parthians, Pontic Greeks, Galatians, Romans and Byzantine Greeks, up to Seljuks and finally the Ottoman Turks, and the traces from its long past stand all over the area. Gangra, the capital ofRead More
Places of interest
Ancient Cities Cendere (Salman) Tumulusis within Cendere Village, on side of Çankırı - Kastamonu highway, at the south east of Ilgaz province. Monumental structures within the region are east facing cliffs of a high hill at south of Devrez Stream. There are lots of hand engraved caverns, rock tombs, aRead More
Highway:E - 80 highway, which connect Istanbul to eastern Anatolia and Black Sea is passing within city of Çankırı.There are couple of bus companies have services to Çankırı.The central bus station is located in city centre. The Bus Station Tel: +90 (376) 213 12 17Read More
There is a limited use of train services in Çankırı. Passengers can go only Ankara andZonguldakcities via train but there are many links in Ankara to access other cities in Turkey. The station is located in city centre of Çankırı. Railway Station Phone number +90(376) 213 13 19.Read More