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Cankiri is an ideal city for visiting and sightseeing with the forests covering one-third of the territory , camping, caravan facilities, walking, hiking ,horse riding , cycling, photography , fishing activities. Rich thermal springs, cultural values, lovely people with tradititonal hospitality .


It is known since Neolithic era ( 7000-5000 B.C ) cankiri has  a continious settlement by many civilizations.


Cankiri ,respectively had dominated by  the  Hittites, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Persians, Alexander the Great, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Danisment, Candaroglu and the Ottoman Empire.


City used to call as Gangra and Germanikopolis in Byzantium period  and kengri later on . Cankiri name is given during the republic period in 1920’s


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