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Ordu

Ordu province is located at the foot of a verdant hill, and is one of the calmest and greenest areas along the Black Sea coast of Turkey. Due to its rainy climate, the land is fertile, with vegetable and fruit gardens and wide forests covering the whole area, combining the green with the blue.

A distinct characteristic of Ordu is its being the center of hazelnut production. The Golden Hazelnut Festival held in September is hosted by this city, and the local chocolate-nut confection is a tasty specialty.

Ordu from the airOn the road to Samsun, there is the town of Unye, 77 kilometers west of Ordu, which is an attractive fishing village. There are clean, beautiful beaches to enjoy the restful atmosphere, and extensive hazelnut plantations, typical of the region. At this site with purple rock formations are historical tombs carved into the rock which remain from the early Romans. Also an 18th century townhall building stands there as an outstanding sight. Meanwhile the Unye castle stands on the road between Unye and Niksar road, and was built up on a steep hill.

Fatsa is another little town famed for its hazelnut gardens and thermal spa at Sarmasik. Nearby there are ruins of a fortress named Bolaman Castle with a typical 18th century turkish house built within. Another important sight is the 19th century Byzantine Jason Church located at Yason cape in Persembe district, now converted into an archaeological museum.

Ulugol is a volcanic crater lake that is 17 kilometers from Golkoy district. Wild duck hunting takes place in the lake that has a 250 meters of diameter. The surrounding area is covered with forests and is suitable for camping.

Previously named "Cotoyora", the ancient city of Ordu carries more recent signs; the Pasaoglu Mansion, serving as an Ethnography museum today, belonged to a wealthy and influential Ottoman family of the 19th century, and holds signs of the life style once maintained. There is a remarkable church dating back to the 18th century, named as Tasbasi culture center today.

On 29th of March 2006, Total Solar Eclipse was seen in Ordu as well at 14:08pm local time.

Ethnography Museum

Ordu Ethnography Museum, housed in the old Pasaoglu Mansion, is located in Selimiye neighborhood of the city. The building was built by Pasaoglu Huseyin Efendi in 1896, is a very good example of Ottoman local architecture in the Black Sea region. The stones were brought from Unye, its wood and tiles from Romania, and craftsmen from Istanbul worked in its construction.

The mansion was opened to the public as a museum in 1987 after the restoration and display arrangements were completed. It's a two floor building over the ground floor. The ground floor is arranged for administration offices, the 1st floor as ethnographic materials section, and the 2nd floor to reflect the typical Ottoman Konak life. There are more than 3.000 artifacts inside the museum.

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