Samsun is a city located on the northern side of Türkiye. It’s the most populous city in the Black Sea region because Samsun is the city that receives the most immigrants in that area. Samsun has seventeen districts. This city has an important role in hazelnut, tea, and rice production. Additionally, Samsun has two significant lowlands named Bafra and Çarşamba. Samsun is known for its historical and cultural significance, beautiful beaches, and is a popular destination for sea tourism. It is the 6th city in Türkiye with the most Blue Flag beaches. You can find hills with amazing sea and city views, and there is also a cable car near the sea.
History of Samsun:
Samsun, formerly known as Amisos, was dominated by Macedonia, Pontus, Rome, and Byzantium. It later became a Genoese colony. During this period, the city, which was besieged by the Danishmend Principality, could not be captured, and a new city known as “Muslim Samsun” was founded right next to the city. Both Samsun cities continued to exist until the reign of Mehmed I, and during this period, both cities were united by joining the Ottoman Empire.
Samsun played an important role in Türkiye’s War of Independence. Our War of Independence started from this city on May 19, 1919. Atatürk came there from occupied İstanbul by the Bandırma ferry to start the struggle in Anatolia. So, in Samsun, there is a district named “İlkadım,” which means the first step. Accordingly, it is introduced with the official slogan “The City Where the Sun Rises.”
In summary, it is a place rich in natural beauty, history, and cultural heritage that you should visit.