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10 PLACES YOU MUST SEE IN EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA

Our country is surrounded by historical and natural attractions. In fact, each region has its own architectural beauties and artifacts. Eastern Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia are two of these special regions. Because there are so many places to see... In this article we have gathered some of these beautiful places that should be visited. Here are the 10 destinations of Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia...

 

Van Castle and Lake Van

van castle

 

Van, one of the most beautiful cities in the Eastern Anatolian region, offers many beauties to both local and foreign tourists. The first of these is undoubtedly the Van Castle. Built by the Urartu King in the mid-9th century BC, this castle is located 5 km from the city center. Lake Van, another beauty of Van, is the world’s largest saline soda lake and is located in Tatlan, district of Van. This beautiful lake, with both fresh and salt water, is one of the must-see places with its unique view.

 

Pool of Abraham (Balıklı Göl)- Şanlıurfa

pool of abraham

Pool of Abraham, one of the most visited places of Urfa, has an important place in terms of religion.  Accordingly,  it is a place where the fire is cool and welcoming for Prophet Abraham.  The story says  that Prophet Abraham rebels against Nimrod, in return Nimrod  throws Abraham from Urfa Castle into the fire he built.  However; Abraham  does not burn instead  flames to water and the burning logs into fish. Balıklı Göl is this place in the story. Hence, the fish here are believed to be sacred. Because of its natural beauty and in terms of faith, Pool of Abraham is one of the places you should definitely see. 

 

Mount Nemrut National Park-Adıyaman

mount nemrud

 

This wonderful area in the Kahta district of Adıyaman is located approximately 100 km from city center. Mount Nemrut is known as the 8th wonder of the world. After a long on a rugged terrain, you will be welcomed by many sculptures and relics. Watching the sunrise and sunset in Mount Nemrut is a truly unique experience. For this reason, we suggest you add Mount Nemrut in your itinerary to the Southeast.

 

Malabadi Bridge- Diyarbakır
 

The Malabadi Bridge on the Diyarbakır-Batman route is located approximately 7 km from the city center. It is known that it was built in 1147 by the Artuqids and there are human, animal and sun motifs on the bridge. For this reason, this historical bridge is one of the places you should definitely see during your trip to the Southeast.

 

Zeugma Ancient City and Museum- Gaziantep

zeugma

 

In this special museum located in the city center of Antep, mosaics excavated from the ancient city of Zeugma are exhibited. It should also be noted that this museum is the largest mosaic museum in the world. For this reason you can visit the Museum of Zeugma during your trip to during your trip to the Southeast and see the world famous Gypsy Girl mosaic at its own home. 

 

Dara Ruins- Mardin
 

The Dara ruins located in Mardin-Nusaybin are located 30 km from the district center. The history of Dara, known as the Ephesus of Mesopotamia,  dates back to 530-570 B.C. There is also the first dam of Mesopotamia in the region. You can also enjoy some of the historical beauties by taking a part of your Southeast Anatolian trip here.

 

Tomb of Veysel Karani- Siirt

 

The tomb located in Baykan district of Siirt province is approximately 40 km from the city center. It is known that in 1967 it was completely destroyed and rebuilt. The tomb which is visited for various religious reasons such as to praying, sacrificing is also the tomb of  the one whom Muhammad admitted as his Companions without seeing him. You can also visit this special faith center during your trip.

 

Taş Köprü (Stone Bridge)- Kars

 

Stone Bridge, which is the most remarkable place when looked at from Kars Castle, combines Kaleiçi Neighborhood and Sukapı Neighborhood. It is known that the entire bridge built in 1579  during the Ottoman Sultan Murad III period was built with cut basalt stones. For this reason, you should definitely visit the Stone Bridge in order to feel the atmosphere of Kars during your Eastern Anatolian tour. 

 

Van Fairy Chimneys

 

Located in the district off Başkale in Van, this region is known as Vanadokya because of its similarity to Cappadocia. The fairy chimneys located in Yavuzlar Village, 120 km from Van, is one of the places that should definitely be seen in Eastern Anatolia. 

 

 Church of St. Giragos- Diyarbakır
 

This special church, which is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East, is located in the center of Diyarbakır and is estimated to have been built in the 15th century. The exterior architecture as well as the interior decoration of this place are fascinating. Therefore, while visiting Diyarbakır, do not ga back without seeing this special place. 

 

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