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Safranbolu: A Bourgeois Paradise

A 20-page celebration of Safranbolu, the perfect small town. Text by Elizabeth Meath Baker. Photographs by Jean Marie del Moral

The lovingly maintained Mümtazlar Konağı is just one of the many handsome old houses that distinguish the Anatolian market town of Safranbolu. With iron deposits, lush forests and fields growing the valuable saffron croci that gave the town its name, Safranbolu prospered quietly for 1,500 years. The house – including the tranquil hall, where family and guests would sit around the decorative pool, soothed by the sound of flowing water – was finished in 1893 to the practical design of the owners’ great-grandmaother, Nefise Hanım; the family have now opened it to the public.

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