The city of Yozgat is located in the Kirazlidere valley running east to west. The city spreads on two sides of the highway that cuts the city into two sections. Its founding is in the beginning of the XVI century. The Hittites, Phrygians, Kimmers, Persians, Alexander the Great, Romans and the Byzantine ruled the city in its history. It went under the rules of the Seljuks and numerous Turkish Beylik following the 1071 Malazgirt Battle. Even though it was added in the Ottoman boundaries in 1398, the city went under Timur’s control after the Ankara Battle in 1402. In 1408 it was tken back again by the Ottomans by Çelebi Sultan Mehmet. The city had the name “Bozok” until the Republic and it was a sanjak town linked to Sivas state until early XIX century. The Çapanoğlu, Divanlı Köyü and Baş Çavuş Mosques and many more turbehs are the places of historical interest in the city. The museum of Yozgat was primarily the Karslıoğlu Konağı (mansion).  The Kerkenez ruins and Büyüknefes-Tavium ancient city can be visited in the city. The Çeşka Kalesi, Underground City, Behramşah Kalesi, Alişar Tumulus and Karabıyık Bridge are some other historical sites.

Forests and Picnic Sites

Çamlık is a rather different pine tree forest on a hill just in the south of the city and it is one of the first national parks of Turkey. There are picnicking facilities in it and is only 2-km from the centre. Akdağ Madeni Kadı Pınarı is a popular site with its springs, pine trees and high plateaus. Karanlikdere is a very cosy relaxation point with the Delice Stream passing through. It runs along the road from Şefaatli to Yerköy. This region full of vineyards and fruit tree fields in the valley is at the same time a hunting spot.

Hot Springs

The Sarıkaya Kaplıcası with its 43 degree water, Sorgun Kaplıcası with 80 degrees water, Yerköy Kaplıcası, Boğazlıyan and Saraykent Kaplıca are those within the Yozgat city boundaries.

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