At first glance, this city in the Middle Karadeniz region of Turkey has nothing special. Sure, it doesn’t have access to any of the seas and is not famous for any Byzantine landmarks. At the same time, this place is well-known throughout the whole Turkey not only because of its long history, but also due to its unique leblebi production.
Corum has been an important trade place since 1950 BC, so soon it will celebrate its 4000-th anniversary. It has been a part of the ancient Assyria, Hittite and Phrygian Empires, Medes, Persians, Galatians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and finally Ottoman Empire, which later on transferred to what we know as the Republic of Turkey.
If you are interested in history of this really ancient city, you can visit the Corum Museum. It is said to be one of the best in central Turkey. For the 5 TL entrance fee you will get access to impressive exhibitions, hi-tech graphics and absorbing educational films. Don’t miss the stunning reconstruction of Alacahöyük royal tomb, with bulls’ skulls, a crowned skeleton, and a rich collection of ancient artefacts.
What you should absolutely not miss while in Corum are the numerous leblebi shops. Leblebi is fried chickpea, very popular in Turkey. Actually, Corum is the place where these snacks are made extensively. Plainly roasted or salted, spicy or candy covered – you will find lots of varieties of it in every shop. Don’t hesitate to buy more: here leblebi are cheapest in the whole country. Sweet or salty, they are good to alleviate hunger, and you can always share them with your friends!
The city is 244 km away from Ankara and 166 km from Samsun, you can get buses from both cities