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At the foot of a verdant hill, is the province of Ordu, one of the calmest and greenest sites along the Black Sea coast ofTurkey. Due to its rainy climate, the land is fertile, with vegetable and fruit gardens, and wide forests covering the whole area.

On the road to Samsun, there is the town of Unye, 77 kilometers west of Ordu, which is an attractive fishing village. There are clean, beautiful beaches to enjoy the restful atmosphere, and extensive hazelnut plantations, typical of theregion. At this site with purple rock formations are historicaltombs carved into the rock which remain from the earlyRomans. Also an 18th century town hall building stands there as an outstanding sight.

Fatsa is another little town famed for its hazelnut gardens, and nearby are the ruins of a fortress named Bolaman Castle and the Byzantine Jason Church now converted to an archaeological museum.

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