For the village in Azerbaijan, see Göynük, Azerbaijan.
Coordinates: 40°23′59″N 30°47′07″E / 40.39972°N 30.78528°E / 40.39972; 30.78528Coordinates: 40°23′59″N 30°47′07″E / 40.39972°N 30.78528°E / 40.39972; 30.78528
Country  Turkey
Province Bolu
  District 1,505.06 km2 (581.11 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 3,895
  District 15,772
  District density 10/km2 (27/sq mi)
Climate Csb

Göynük is a town and a district of Bolu Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. It covers an area of 1,436 km², and the population (2000) is 18,589 of which 4,894 live in the town of Göynük. The mayor is Kemal Kazan (AKP). Its neighbours are Mudurnu from north-east, Nallıhan from south-east, Sarıcakaya from south, Yenipazar from south-west, Taraklı from west and Akyazı from north-west.


The area has a long history of occupation going back to the Phrygians, Lydians, Persians and Ancient Romans. The Çatak Hamamı bathhouse dates back to the Roman times Göynük was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Göynük was part of the Kastamonu Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire.


The tomb of Akshamsaddin (Turkish: Ak Şemsettin) (1389-1459) in Göynük; an influential Ottoman religious scholar.

Göynük has over 100 early 20th century Ottoman Empire period houses, these plus the even older mosques, tombs, fountains, and Turkish baths makes it a town of great historical interest, and an attractive location of narrow streets, with a pretty stream running through the centre. The victory tower on the hill at the top of the town and the old Ottoman mansion called "Müderrisoğlu Konağı" at the centre are important landmarks of Göynük.

The most significant entombed saint of Göynük is Akshamsaddin (Turkish: Ak Şemsettin) (1389-1459), an influential Ottoman religious scholar, poet, mystic saint, and guide of Mehmed the Conqueror.[3][4]


Göynük was used as a location of films including Akrebin Yolculuğu by Ömer Kavur, El Yazısı and a number of Turkish TV series e.g. Aynalar and Rüzgarlı Bahçe.

Notable natives


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