The history of Cankiri, which is 131 kms from Ankara, goes back to 3000-2500 BC. Here was a Galatian settlement called "Gangrea" at that time. The land has witnessed the hegemony of many tribes thereafter, up to Seljuks and Ottomans, and the traces from its long past stand all over the area.
There are the ruins of Cankiri Fortress from the 11th century with rock tombs and underground tunnels. In the city, the Ulu Mosque dates back to the 16th century, and was built by the great Turkish architect Mimar Sinan. Just outside the city is the Tas Mescit which is a medieval hospital constructed in 1235.
In this distinct region, are the Ilgaz Mountains (2560 m) north of the city. It is a site of real attraction for nature lovers with its snowy peaks and wide woodland. Ilgaz National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Turkey, and the ski center provides the best opportunities for winter sports with its fine, modern facilities.