The history of Cankiri, which is 131 km from Ankara, goes back to 3000-2500 BC. Here was a Galatian settlement of 3rd century BC, called "Gangrea" at that time. The land has witnessed the hegemony of many tribes thereafter, such as Hittites, Pontus, Romans and Byzantines, up to Seljuks and Ottomans, and the traces from its long past stand all over the area.
There are the ruins of Cankiri Fortress from the 11th century with rock tombs and underground tunnels inside. In the city, the Ulu Mosque dates back to the 16th century, and was built by great Turkish architect Mimar Sinan. Just outside of the city is the Tas Mescit which is a medieval hospital constructed in 1235. There are also several Turkish baths from Ottoman period which are worth seeing.
In this distinct region of central Anatolia,
an outstanding figure is the Ilgaz Mountains (2560 m) occupying the north
of the city. It is a site of real attraction for nature lovers
and winter sports fans with its
snowy peaks and wide woodland with fauna. Ilgaz
National Park is one of the most beautiful
parks of Turkey, and the
ski center provides best
opportunities for winter sports with its fine, modern facilities.