People often ask me to list some of the differences between America and Turkey. When I first moved to Turkey my list was a mile long, but the longer I have lived here the shorter my list has become. Not necessarily because Turkey has become more like America, although the world is becoming smaller every day, but it’s because I am slowly forgetting what America is like.
The other day while I was out riding I noticed that there really aren’t that many billboards or advertisements along the highway. In America along the interstates there are signs everywhere. Every fastfood restaurant, gas station, and hotel has a huge billboard calling out to drivers to stop by. In fact, I remember that I was quite dependent on those to find what I needed on my travels. In Turkey, especially in Ordu, there are very few billboards in comparison. In some ways I do appreciate this, because there are no ugly signs to pollute the scenery. However, I do need a sign from time to time to help me find somewhere good to eat or let me know how far to the next gas station. So when I do see a billboard it gets my attention.
A big billboard caught my attention. It was a sign for Bolaman Castle, or Hazinedaroğlu Konağı My thought was that if the Department of Tourism thought it was important enough to make a giant billboard to advertise the castle then it must be worth seeing. The advertising worked, and I was determined to visit the castle on my next adventure.
The castle is located on the scenic highway between the City of Fatsa and the City of Perşembe in the little town of Bolaman. I figured that it would be easy to find, since it was such an important historical site. However I was wrong. I literally passed by the castle 3 times without seeing it, and it wasn’t until I decided to visit the fishing harbour that I found it. Actually, it isn’t that hard to find I was just looking for some sort of sign to show where to look. The castle is located directly next to the beach and the fishing boat harbour. I parked my motorcycle and was excited to explore the old Ottoman styled castle.
The castle foundation was built on a triangle shaped rock in the early 19th century. The 200 year old castle was constructed of wood in the typical Ottoman style of that time. The castle was renovated about 10 years ago, and has been used as a restaurant. Unfortunately when I visited it was locked and vacated. The exterior of the castle was interesting and in fairly good repair, but I was disappointed that the interior was closed off to the public. I was only able to take a few pictures and then take a stroll along the Bolaman beach. The beach has a few restaurants offering dining on beach with good views of the sea and castle.
At this time Bolaman Castle is only a photo stop on your way to another adventure