The Essential
A remote inland town surrounded by bare hills and dissected by the River Yesilirma, Tokat has been occupied by all the civilisations who have invaded Turkey over the centuries, from the Hittites to the Mongols, and including the armies of Alexander the Great. Each of these civilisations has left its mark on the city, which now boasts some fine architectural sights, including Ottoman houses, mosques, a hammam and caravanserai. There is little sign of restoration here and this adds to the city's charm, giving it a nostalgic and somewhat faded atmosphere.