In May 2016 I had the chance to visit Ordu’s most western county, Ikizce. It’s a very small county, and I wasn’t really able to research anything particularly special about the place. The tourism office did it’s best to identify the most interesting things in each of the counties. Ikizce’s most interesting place was Laleli Camii (Tulip Mosque). This Otoman era mosque was built around 1560-1600 and it was built without the use of nails. This was interesting enough for me to make the trip.
Ikizce is much like the other counties in Ordu in which most of the people make their living from farming hazelnuts. The road from Ünye to Ikizce winds it’s way along a small river and the board with the neighboring province of Samsun. Road is in good condition and the river has many beautiful places to picnic along. Occasionally there is a rope or cable suspension bridge to access the hazelnut fields on the other side of the river. Some of these look stable enough to walk across or if you’re brave and nobody is watching ride across.
The city center of the county is only 15 minutes from the coast. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived in town. The town is built around a large waterfall and historical “looking” bridge. Many of the buildings in the town square have been renovated in the old Otoman style. The city has a lot of character for a posted 15,000 residents. There are the typical postoffice, schools, government buildings and markets. For the interested tourist there are a few tea gardens and restaurants selling typical Turkish foods.
Following the signs you can find the “famous” Laleli Camii which is only a kilometer or two outside of town. The gardens surrounding the mosque have nice rose bushes, and it is quaintly located along the river too. It’s definitely worth taking a 15 minute ride from the coastal highway to have a quick visit. The waterfall, mosque and bridges are the highlights of the town and the province.