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Yozgat

cloak tower in YozgatThe province of Yozgat lies 217 kilometers (135 miles) east of Ankara. Its history extends as far back as the Hittite period when it was an important residential area in Anatolia during those times. 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. The founder, Capanoglu Ahmet Pasha, was the "Bey" of the Turkmens at that time. The Capanoglu Mosque carries his name and stands as a remain of this period together with the Suleyman Bey Mosque.

The Nizamoglu Mansion was constructed in the 19th century and is a prominent building, presenting fine Turkish architectural style. It is an important house from the Ottoman period and is now used to exhibit ethnographical findings.

Camlik is an islet of forests near Yozgat center. This site is a national park located at 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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