The Far East and Black Sea Coast Sights

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Urfa Kale

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Apart from the two prominent Roman Columns, Urfa's castle is a motley collection of upturned stones, at the top of a lot of stairs. It's...

Van Kalesi

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Steps—considerably fewer than the 1,000 claimed in local tourist handouts—ascend to Van Kalesi, the sprawling Urartian fortress on...

Van Müzesi

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Van's one museum aims to highlight local Urartian heritage, especially its famous metalwork; the collection includes rich gold jewelry...

Zeugma Mosaic Museum

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What claims to be the largest mosaic museum in the world houses a stunning collection of Roman-era mosaics rescued from a nearby archaeological...

Zeynelbey Türbesi

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Across the river from the citadel is another spot worth visiting, Zeynelbey Türbesi, a mausoleum built for a prince who died in battle...

Zinciriye Medrese

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Built in 1385 by Artukid Sultan İsa, this medrese (Islamic school) sits up just above the rest of the city, and its crenulated dome...

Çarpanak Island

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Aside from Akdamar, there are several other small islands on Lake Van, with their own Armenian churches. While none are quite as glorious...

Çavuştepe and Hoşap Kalesi

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

From Van, drive 35 km (22 miles) south on the Hakkari road, where the side road to Çavuştepe is signposted on your right. Here you...

İshak Paşa Sarayı

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Other than to catch a glimpse of Mt. Ararat, the main reason to visit Doğubeyazit is the enchanting İshak Paşa Sarayı, in the mountains...

İç Kale

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The inner castle of Diyarbakır's old town is a circular fortress that once held the city's palace and other important buildings. Beside...


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