Göynük

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For the village in Azerbaijan, see Göynük, Azerbaijan.
Göynük
Göynük is located in Turkey
Göynük
Göynük
Coordinates: 40°23′59″N 30°47′07″E / 40.39972°N 30.78528°E / 40.39972; 30.78528Coordinates: 40°23′59″N 30°47′07″E / 40.39972°N 30.78528°E / 40.39972; 30.78528
Country Turkey
Province Bolu
Area[1]
 • District 1,505.06 km2 (581.11 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 3,895
 • District 15,772
 • District density 10/km2 (27/sq mi)

Göynük is a town and a district of Bolu Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. It covers an area of 1,436 km², and the population (2000) is 18,589 of which 4,894 live in the town of Göynük. The mayor is Kemal Kazan (AKP).

History[edit]

The area has a long history of occupation going back to the Phrygians, Lydians, Persians and Ancient Romans. The Çatak Hamamı bathhouse dates back to the Roman times Göynük was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Göynük was part of the Kastamonu Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire.

Sights[edit]

Göynük has over 100 early 20th century Ottoman Empire period houses, these plus the even older mosques, tombs, fountains, and Turkish baths makes it a town of great historical interest, and an attractive location of narrow streets, with a pretty stream running through the centre. The victory tower on the hill at the top of the town and the old Ottoman mansion called "Müderrisoğlu Konağı" at the centre are important landmarks of Göynük.

Trivia[edit]

Göynük was used as a location of films including Akrebin Yolculuğu by Ömer Kavur, "El Yazısı" and a number of Turkish TV series e.g. "Aynalar", "Rüzgarlı Bahçe".

Notable natives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.