03 June 2013

Beypazari–Town of Carrots



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Here are two beautiful stamps  on Tourism featuring famous Turkish town Beypazari.Turkish post celebrated the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Beypazari municipality by issuing two  stamps.The stamps feature the building of Tasmektep in Beypazari and the local delicacies.


Beypazarı is a town and district of Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, approximately 100 km west of the city of Ankara. The name Beypazarı means The Bey's market in Turkish, as in the Ottoman period this was an important military base and the cavalry stationed here were an important element of the local economy.

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Taşmektep in Beypazari town and  80-layer baklava, a speciality of Beypazarı

Beypazari today is a small town in a rural district famous for its carrots, (producing nearly 60% of Turkey’s carrots), silverwork, and a high quality natural mineral water. The crystal mineral trona, a kind of natural soda used in glass-making is extracted in Beypazari.

With its rich history, architectural heritage and attractive rocky countryside Beypazari is becoming increasingly attractive to visitors. The cobbled streets of white Ottoman period buildings are particularly attractive; many of the old houses have been restored as hotels and restaurants. Every June the town holds its popular Traditional Historical Houses, Handicrafts, Carrot and stew Festival. The visitors of course are bringing valuable income to the town, shopping for silverware and providing good custom for the food markets and restaurants.

For many visitors a major attraction is the cuisine, which includes typical Turkish dishes such as the yoghurt drink ayran, tarhana, stuffed vine leaves, home-made sausage mumbar, and a stew cooked in a stone-oven guvec. Sweets include the sweet cream pudding called hosmerim and pastries including a dry buttery biscuit called Beypazari kurusu, and a renowned 80-layer baklava. They are also very inventive with their carrots, drinking carrot juice and producing carrot-flavoured Turkish Delight and carrot ice-cream. Beypazari is surrounded by good farmland and the fresh ingredients are a large part of why Beypazari’s cooking is so popular with visitors.

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