Kars Eastern Anatolia

From Noah’s Ark National Park Visitor Center going to the town of Kars. It took 40 minutes (45 km).

From Noah’s Ark National Park Visitor Center going to the town of Kars. It took 40 minutes (45 km).

Arrived at the booked “Sim-er Hotel Kars” at night.

Arrived at the booked “Sim-er Hotel Kars” at night.

Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.

Town of Kars; view from hotel room next morning.

Town of Kars; view from hotel room next morning.

Kars is situated a small distance from the border with Armenia. It has a population of 73,826 (in 2010).

Strolled the town of Kars after breakfast.

Strolled the town of Kars after breakfast.

The most important source of livelihood in Kars is agriculture and stockbreeding.

From Kars Çayı (River) going up to a hill of Kars Castle.

From Kars Çayı (River) going up to a hill of Kars Castle.

 Castle of Kars

Castle of Kars

The Castle of Kars is a former fortification located in Kars, It was built in 1153 by Vizier Firuz Akay commissioned by Saltuk Sultan Malik Izzeddin Saltuk II.

Walking around in the castle.

Walking around in the castle.

View from the Castle of Kars

Armenian Church, view from the Castle of Kars

From the castle hill we went down the slope to the Armenian Church.

Going to the Armenian Church

Going to the Armenian Church

The Cathedral of Kars, also known as the Holy Apostles Church is a former Armenian church in Kars.

Armenian Church (Cathedral of Kars)

Armenian Church (Cathedral of Kars)

Built in the mid-10th century by the Armenian Bagratid King Abas I, it was converted into a mosque in 1579.

Entrance and interior of the Armenian Church (Holy Apostles Church)

Entrance and interior of the Armenian Church (Holy Apostles Church)

In the 19th and early 20th century it was converted into a Russian Orthodox and later Armenian cathedral. In 1993 it was again converted into a mosque and is called Kümbet Mosque.

Explanation board of the Armenian Church

Explanation board of the Armenian Church

After the Armenian Church we got back the town center of Kars and left for the Ani Ruins.

The town center of Kars

The town center of Kars

 

(I will leave for Hungary tomorrow, 23 May, and visit the Great Hungarian Plain. So I cannot publish the new post for a while. Thank you. See you.)

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