Places to See in Eastern Turkey
Eastern Turkey is a rugged region with an untamed terrain and a rich history. This country boasts of many historical monuments and sociable and friendly people. Eastern Turkey is bounded by Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Syria and Iraq. In the southeast part two powerful rivers, the Euphrates and Tigris, flows. This is also where you can see the great Mesopotamia, also known as the cradle of civilization. With its beautiful snow-capped mountains, enormous rivers and vast fields it is one of the most stunning places you can visit.
Turkey has many places for tourists to go to. If you are unfamiliar with the terrain the best way to tour it would be to hire a tourist guide. Here are some of the placed you should see in Turkey.
Erzurum. This is where you can see some of the most popular historical landmarks like the Cifte Minareli Medrese and the citadel. These are some of the remnants of their rich medieval past. If you feel hungry or thirsty you can also stop by the various cafes in the area and try their lattes and sweet treats.
Ani. This is an ancient town that can be found on the precipice of a gorge. It was once a huge trading post and had one of the biggest populations in its time. In fact it has been estimated that the city used to have around 5000 churches. Now what is left of many of these churches are its remnants.
Ishak Pasha palace. This palace is located in Dogubeyazit. It is found on a hill overlooking the city and is one of the main tourist attractions there today. Although it was built in the 17th century its splendor and magnificent Ottoman architecture still continues amaze tourists.
Mount Ararat. This immense mountain can also be found in Dogubeyazit. At 5,137 meters, it is known as Turkey’s highest peak. This mountain has played a huge part in history as this was where Noah was able to land his ark after the great flood.
Hasankeyf. This is an ancient city that is located on the banks of the great Tigris river. Just looking at the city itself is bound to take your breath away. Every part of the city looks like it was carved out from the river cliffs. A thousand years ago it was once a bustling thriving city. However today it now lies in ruins.