Locating on the southern part of Central Anatolia Region, Cankiri, which lies in the passing area between Central Anatolia and Western Black Sea Regions, is dominated mostly by continental climate with hot and dry summers, cold and rainy winters. Cankiri is well worth seeing with its snow-covered mountains during all six months, forests covering one third of its area, high plateaus suitable for camping, caravanning, walking and horseback riding, bike riding, photography and hunting. Researchers proved the existence of settlement in the area since Age. Cankiri had been under the sovereignty of Hittite, Phrygia, Kimmer, Persian, and Alexander the Great, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Danishmend, Candaroglu, and Ottoman, respectively.www.cankiri.bel.tr
Districts of Cankiri are Atkaracalar, Bayramoren, Cerkes, Eldivan, Eskipazar, Ilgaz, Kizilirmak, Korgun, Kursunlu, Orta, Ovacik, Sabanozu and Yaprakli. Buyukyayla (Grand Plateau) in district boundary of Yaprakli is a tourism and nature paradise.
Historical artifacts belonging to Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Old Bronze Age, Hittite, Phrygia, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods are displayed. In the museum archeological and ethnographical items are displayed together.
Cendere (Salman) Tumulus
Monumental structures in the area are on the eastern slopes of a rather high, rocky hill on the south of the Devrez Stream. There are several man-made caves, rock tombs, a temple, and several other cavities whose purpose is as yet undetermined.
Rock Tombs in Kayaeli
These tombs, thought to belong to the Roman and Byzantine ages, are located in Sakaeli Village, in Orta which is 69 km from Cankiri.
The castle, which was built on a small hill on the north side of the city, was famous for its strength during the Roman, Byzantine, Danismend, Seljuk, and Ottoman Periods but now only a few remnants of rampart remain.
Mosques and Tombs
Haci Murad-i Veli Tomb
Haci Murad-i Veli Tomb: Belonging to a Horasani saint Haci Murad-i Veli, who lived in 1100s the tomb is located in Seydi Village in Eldivan County.
Emir Karatekin Bey Tomb
Emir Karatekin Bey, who is not only the conqueror of Cankiri but also Kastamonu and Sinop, is one of the commanders charged by Seljuk sultan, Sultan Alparslan with the conquest of Anatolia.
Pir-i Sani Tomb
The tomb, which is located in Cerkes County, was built for Haci Mustafa from Cerkes, who is also known as Pir-i Sani, in the 18th century.
It is the most significant monument in Cankiri remaining from Seljuk Period. The hospital section of the monument, which is one of the two sections in the monument, was built by Cankiri Atabegi Cemaleddin Ferruh in 1235 during the reign of Seljuk Sultan Keyhusrevoglu Alaaddin Keykubat I. A theological school was added to the hospital section later in 1242.
Two carved figures on the monument are of great importance. One of these relieves is the figure of two dragons entwined face to face. Today, this figure is used as a source for “Medicine Symbol”.
The second figure is a statue rather than a relief like the first one. A snake is entwined around the statue with an extension on top. This figure is today used as “pharmautical symbol”. Statue can be viewed in Cankiri Museum.
The Mosque of Sultan Suleiman, the Magnificent) the Mosque, which is one of the monuments built during the time of Mimar Sinan, was built by Sadik Kalfa by the order of Ottoman Padishah Kanuni Sultan Suleiman.
Medreses (Theological Schools)
During Ottoman Period education and science were considered to be of great importance and therefore many madrasas were built all around the country. The Civitcioglu Medrese which is on east side of the Great Mosque, and the Bugday Pazari Medrese in the garden of the Bugday Pazari Mosque are two monuments that have remained since the 17th century.
There are 60 houses in Cankiri which were taken under protection. These houses are generally two-storey. These flections of characteristics of geological structure of the region and the economic structure of the society can be seen on the houses.
The Bridge, which is believed to be 100-150 years old, is located on Melan Stream. It has two divisions, and legs made of hewn stone. The rest of the bridge is made of wood. It is also convenient for pedestrians to cross.
The first stop of those who want to enjoy the natural beauties of the area would undoubtedly be Ilgaz Mountain. Kastamonu-Ilgaz Mountain National Park is located within the boundaries of Cankiri and Kastamonu. An important source of National Park is the opportunity of winter sports. There are also other facilities for trekking, camping with a caravan or a tent, and for other one-day activities.
Trout production Station and hunting ponds in Baldiran valley also locate in National Park.
If you are interested, one of the giant trees is in this area. It is believed that the oak tree in Yaprakli-Karacozu Village is 800-1000 years old and it is one of the oldest oak trees in the world. You can also go and see the recreational grounds of Cankiri. Kadın Cayiri (Ladies’Meadow) (Ilgaz), Bulbul Pinari (Nightingale Stream) (Eldivan), Forest Nursery (Cerkes), Seybeli (Cerkes) and Karoren Small Lake (Sabanozu) Recreational Grounds can be mentioned as some of them.
High plateaus are also among the significant natural beauties in Cankiri. Grand High Plateau (Yaprakli) and Kirkpinar High Plauteau (Ilgaz) are outstanding examples. Moreover, Salt Cave which is located approximately 20km east of Cankiri is a big and interesting cave formed of several galleries inside a rather narrow entrance. Cankiri and its surrounding are suitable for hunting. In the forests there are plenty of wild pigs and each season is convenient for hunting. Animals such as wolf, fox, rabbit, partridge and quail can also be hunted in their seasons.
If you have the chance you should try local tastes. Cankiri has a big spectrum of local tastes, of which manti, known as paste with meat takes the first place. Tarhana soup, gozleme(a savoury pancake), cizlama, casserole, pihti, harmandasi, fit fit food, paste with walnut, cec pie, mihlama, keskek, calma, cekme halvah, baklava are some of them. In the villages of Cankiri wool and cotton weaving is common and these are dyed with madders. Felt, rug and cicim, which is a flat woven type of rug, deserve mentioning. Yaglik, drawers and embroidered bundles, angora and woolly socks, Turkmen rugs are the most important handicrafts of the district.