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East Anatolia Tour

5 Days
3 Star Hotel
International flights are NOT included
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Things To Do in Kars

Castle of Kars
The Castle of Kars, also known as Kars Kalesi and the Citadel, is placed at the top of a rocky hill overlooking Kars. Dating back to the Bagratuni Armenian period, the castle’s walls bear crosses in several spots, such as a Khachkar with a building inscription in Armenian on the easternmost tower. During the eighteenth century, the Ottoman army encountered a crushing defeat at the battle of Kars (1745) by the Persian conqueror, Nader Shah.


The Grand Mosque of Kars
The Seljuks built the grand mosque of Kars as the largest ancient mosque; later, the Ottomans restored the mosque in 1579. It is located right on the way to Kars citadel. Wander around this great historical spot to explore its religious history.


Kars Museum
As one of the most important sights in Kars, this museum houses many archaeological finds from the area, including woodcarvings, coins, and local costumes. Dr. Budak Demiral, the President of the People’s House of that period, and Hasan Kartari, the Director-General of Public Education, constructed the museum in 1959 with the name of “Protecting Old Works of Art and Museum Directorate.” Kars Museum is a general museum with a variety of archaeological and ethnographical cultural possessions in a three-floor building with an underground chamber and seven main sections.


Taşköprü, also known as the stone bridge, is a three-arch bridge over the Kars River made of stone. It is located northwest of Kar’s city center and directly south of Kars castle. Lala Mustafa Pasha built the bridge in 1579 of ashlar basalt blocks. He became Sultan Murad III’s grand vizier the following year. The stone bridge was later destroyed by a flood and then rebuilt in 1719 by Karahanoğlu Haci Ebubekir Bey. It is 70 meters long with six vaults.


Seljuk Palace
The magnificent Seljuk Palace is located at the northwest end of the Ani ancient city. The external entrance gate is adorned with rich mosaic geometrical patterns. The internal structure is formed by a complex combination of various chambers, galleries, storage chambers, and fountains. The three northern entrance gates are worth seeing. The Dragon Tower, used as a hospital by Seljukians in the 12th century, is one of the oldest hospitals of Anatolia. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Seljuk architecture.


Mazlumağa Hamamı
Built with a different application compared to classical baths, Mazlumağa Hamamı, constructed in 1579, is located at the left side of the Taşköprü stone bridge. You’ll find smooth cut stone material throughout the bath, doubling the beauty of the structure. The bath welcomes its visitors through a simple iwan-type portal. In the middle of Mazlumağa Hamami, which is illuminated by three windows from the west, there is a round pool and wooden changing rooms added later.

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