EASTERN ANATOLIA


The Toros (Taurus) Mountains which parallel Turkey's southern border and the Black Sea Mountains in the north join together to form a mighty mountain range which defines the country's eastern border. The tremendous diversity of the eastern and southeastern lands surprises travelers: he red ochre plateau of Erzurum; the forests, waterfalls, and green pastures of Kars and Agri: the permanent snow-cap on biblical Mount Agri (Ararat); the immense Lake Van with its deep blue waters. Dwellings and modes of life also vary greatly in this large region. Small, earth-roofed houses; build close to the ground typify houses around Kars; Despite a generally austere life, the people of the area are generous and hospitable.

The region's long and turbulent history has left monuments to its various civilizations : Byzantine monasteries and churches, Seljuk mausoleums and caravanserais, elegant Ottoman mosques and hilltop citadels. To the inveterate traveller and lover of adventure, this region of Turkey fascinates, astonishes and informs.


From ERZINCAN To DOGUBEYAZIT From MALATYA To HAKKARI


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