This small town on the southern coast of the Black sea may seem not very old at first sight, but in fact, this town has a long and rich history. It is a home for only about 200 thousand people.
The ancient village
Ordu was founded in the 8th century BC. At those times it was a Greek port village having a different name – Kotiora. During a very long period of time it was mostly a Greek settlement. According to historical data, up to the beginning of the 19th century, there were almost no Turkish people in the city, and mainly Armenians lived in villages around. The first Turkish citizens started to come here in the late 19th century, after Ottoman-Russian war. In addition, during the formation of Turkish republic many Greek people abandoned the city leaving it to Turks. The modern name of the city means “the army”.
One of the most amazing things to do in Ordu is going to the top of Boztepe Mountain by the cable car. The rise takes about 7 minutes and the price for the return trip is 5 TL (less than $2). There are some cafes and restaurants on the top of the mountain, and the view is even more than breathtaking. You can see the whole city and the sea. And don’t forget about the other side of the mountain, too!
The Yason church, an old Greek church built on the cape that is believed to be a place where Yason landed. The building has been recently reconstructed so that tourists can come and see it. It is a very calm and peaceful place where you can meet sunrise and sunset.
Ethnography museum, situated in the old mansion is a nice place to go and get acquainted with the Turkish culture and partly the history. There are lots of clothes, pieces of old furniture or even complete house interiors, not to mention different weapons.
Hazelnut gardens are also one of the typical things for this city and its province. It is said that about two thirds of world production of this nut is located in this province. Ordu even has the hazelnut on its emblem.
The city has its own chocolate factory. In works since 1936, and a bar of chocolate with hazelnut is a must to buy in Ordu.