Gerze is a town and a district of Sinop Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. It is 49 km east of Sinope and 140 km west of Samsun.
The history of Gerze generally follows that of its larger neighbor Sinop
. In 1214, Alexios I
, Grand Komnenos of the Empire of Trebizond
, ceded the region to the Seljuk
sultan Kaykaus I
. The town of Gerze is first mentioned in 1222
under the Greek
(Κάρουσα), when Trapezuntine
troops landed there in an unsuccessful attempt to recapture Sinop.
In 1461, Mehmed II incorporated the town into the Ottoman Empire.
The Çeçe Sultan Tomb, a pilgrimage place, is 15 km from the town. The date of its construction is unknown. The region is noted for its traditional domestic architecture. The regions of Değirmenler and İdemli, and Gazhane Bay are popular excursion places.