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Yozgat

cloak tower in Yozgat217 km east of Ankara, is Yozgat, the history of which extends as far back as the Hittite period. It was an important residential area in Anatolia in those times, and Alisar, one of the main Hittite cities, lies inside the borders of this province. Bogazkoy and Alacahoyuk, though not being part of Yozgat, are near enough to reflect the central position of the site then, with notable ruins found in the district.

Today's city of Yozgat, on the other hand, is rather new, founded in the 18th century by the Ottomans. Capanoglu Ahmet Pasha, who was the "Bey" of the Turkmens at that time, was the founder; and the Capanoglu Mosque which carries his name, stands as a remain of this period together with the Suleyman Bey Mosque.

Constructed in the 19th century, the Nizamoglu Mansion is a prominent building, presenting fine Turkish architectural style. It is an important house of the Ottoman period and is now used to exhibit ethnographical finds.

Near Yozgat, "Camlik" is an islet of forests. This site is a national park, 5 kilometers south of the city, and it adorns the land with its beautiful scenery.

On March 29, 2006, Total Solar Eclipse was seen from Yozgat at 14:03pm local time.

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