Places of interest
Replica of Bandırma is the replica of the ferry that took Kemal Atatürk from Istanbul to the port of Samsun. Inside, there is a collection of photographs of Atatürk and his comrades. You can also watch a short film of that time.
Atatürk Kültür Sarayı (AKM - Palace of Culture). Concerts and other performances are held at the Kultur Sarayi, which is shaped much like a ski jump.
Walking from the bottom of 19 Mayis Bulvar towards the sea you can see life size models of historical figures Atatürk and his comrades alighting from another, partial, replica of the Bandırma at the sea front. It was made by Austrian sculptor Heinrich Krippel during the periods of 1928 -1931.
Ataturk Gazi Museum in Mecidiye is a witness to Atatürk's activities while in Samsun. It collection includes some clothes and personal paraphernalia, purportedly belonging to him.
The Archaeology and Ethnographic Museum near Cumhuriyet Center is dedicated to local history and artifacts, including the golden Amisos Treasure. The museum is open from 8:30 till 12:00 and from 14:00 till 17:00.
Amisos Hill offers a sea view, Hellanistic era tombs, and cafes in pleasant grounds. From the city centre take either number 1 (red) dolmus west to its last stop or tram to Baruthane: then walk up. Alternatively take the cable car from Batı Park.
Kızılırmak Delta is a plain of Turkey's longest river (1355 km source to sea), Kızılırmak (literally "red river", due to its colour). The delta is great for birdwatching (320 species of birds call there home) as well as for fishing.
Göğceli Mosque, Çay Mahallesi (inside Göğceli cemetery). One of the rare wooden mosques in Turkey, this one dates back to 1206, and its construction does not involve even a single nail (all wooden plates were inserted through each other). Samsun's oldest surviving building, a mosque built by the Ilkhanate Mongols
Batı (west) Park is a large park on land reclaimed from the sea, with a recently constructed "Amazon Village".
Tumuli, containing tombs dated between 300BC and 30BC, are a short walk up the hill from Batı Park or Baruthane tram station. Alternatively they can be reached by car, or by teleferique from Batı Park.
Büyük Mosque: It is placed at Kale quarter, near the Saathane Square. Another name is "Valide" comes from the mother of Sultan Abdulaziz, was built by Hacı Ali Efendi from Batum in 1884.
Hacı Hatun Mosque:It is located at Kale quarter near the Saathane district. It was built by İbrahim kızı Hatice Hatun in 1694 for charity establishment. Mosque made from cut stone is shaped single like a square.