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GSM08 TURQUÍA Niksar - Tokat World Heritage - Renovation 07/08/2020 21/08/2020

Niksar Heritage

Niksar - Tokat
07 August - 21 August 2020
World Heritage - Renovation
14 Vols. + 2 Leaders | 18-31 Age


Early Period of Anatolian Turkish Heritage: Niksar, capital of the Danishmend Dynasty, will organize
International Voluntary Work program within the scope of World Heritage for the first time. Tokat
Governor's Office, Niksar Municipality, Capital Tokat People Education, Culture and Solidarity
Association (BAŞTEK) and Youth Services Center Association (GSM) will organize this program in
cooperation. For more information please visit the websites http://tokat.gov.tr,
http://www.niksar.bel.tr/, http://www.bastekstk.com /

Niksar, which is on the UNESCO-World Heritage Tentative List, was the capital of the Danishmend
Dynasty in 12th. and 13. centuries. In niksar there are madrasas, lodges, mosques, administrative
structures, baths and memorial tombs belonging to this period. Volunteers will work to preserve and
promote these artifacts from the period of the Danishmend Dynasty. They will renew the information
signs for visitors of Niksara, clean the environment and help with the landscaping of the protected
works. In addition, volunteers will conduct digital media studies to promote world heritage sites
locally, nationally and internationally.
Accommodation & Food
The volunteers will stay at the Niksar Municipality guest house. They will be served their breakfasts,
lunchs and dinners in the dining room of the guesthouse. During trips outside Niksar, lunches will be
prepared as lunch boxs. Meals will be prepared by the shef in the guesthouse, and volunteers will
alternately help to prepare meals, wash dishes and clean the area where meals are eaten.
Location & Leisure
Niksar, one of the important centers of the ancient period, Danishmend Dynasty and Seljuk period,
where nature, culture and historical wealth mingled, was established on the slopes to the northwest
of niksar plain, where the Kelkit Valley expanded. Niksar is included on the UNESCO World Heritage
Tentative (preliminary) list with its cultural heritage witnessing the early period of Anatolian Turkish
civilization. Niksar, the capital of Danishmend, one of the most important Turkish States of Anatolia,
has madrasas, lodges, mosques, administrative structures, baths and monumental tombs that bear
witness to the 12th and 13th centuries. This heritage owned by Niksar and its surroundings is bear the
Anatolian-Turkish Civilization’s and within a broader framework, Islamic Civilization’s testimony of the
scientific, social and economic developments. Yağıbasan Madrasa in the city is the first madrasa in
Anatolia besides the fact that the education given here has continued its effect on Anatolian soil for
centuries. Until the last period of the Ottomans the manuscripts of the professors who research or
teach in this madrasa were used and the students of the professors trained in this madrasa have
been taught science all over Anatolia. The Lodges, mosques and palaces owned by niksar are give
information about how social and urban building is managed, how resettlement is conducted and how
are the settlements is conducted during the settlement of Oğuz tribes in Anatolia. Niksar's legacy is
also important in terms of showing that the meeting the social needs of Danishmend's newly resettled
families and having all the structures that enable these new families to participate in social life as part
of the society and revealing how fast administrative and social structures work.

During the program, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit Niksar's cultural heritage sites and
many historical, cultural and natural centers such as Kaz Lake, Mahperi Hatun Caravanserai, Ballica
Cave, Mevlevihane, Tashan, Historical Sulu Street, Latifoğlu Mansion, Arastali Bedesten, Tokat
Culture House, Tokat Clock Tower, Deveciler Inn, Tokatlı Canyon and Zinav Canyon. Tokat is one of
the cities of Turkey with unique beauties in terms of historical, cultural and natural aspects. Tokat is
also one of the advanced cities in terms of agriculture and livestock. Agriculture and livestock
activities are the source of the wealth of Tokat cuisine. In addition to tasting the flavors of Tokat
cuisine such as Tokat kebab, Zile molasses, Zile Köme, Traditional cake of Niksar, Gözleme, Bat,
Pağac, Keşkek, Sucuk, and numerous soup varieties and many other types of dishes, In the
workshops to be held, they will also have the opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare them.

Lang: 1) Eng - 2) Eng
Nearest Airport: İstanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen