Erzurum, eastern Turkey

We left the Ani Ruins for Kars and had lunch in the town then headed to the next destination Erzurum.

Street and mosque of Kars, Picked up some obsidians near Sarikamis Town, Çobandede Bridge

Street and mosque of Kars, Picked up some obsidians near Sarikamis Town, Çobandede Bridge

Çobandede Bridge was built in the late 13th century. The old important bridge is used today and protected, the restoration work still continues.

Hasan Castle and displaced Osman famous fairy chimneys in the village of Pasinler. Getting into the city of Erzurum.

Hasan Castle and displaced Osman famous fairy chimneys in the village of Pasinler. Getting into the city of Erzurum.

The city of Erzurum is situated 1757 meters above sea level. It has a population of 367,250 in 2010. It has some of the finest winter sports facilities in Turkey and hosted the 2011 Winter Universidad.

 Yakutiye Medresesi (Madrasa)

Yakutiye Medresesi (Madrasa)

Yakutiye Medresesi (Madrasa) is a historical 14th century Madrasa in Erzurum. It was built in 1310 by order of a local governor of the Hoca Yakut, and it is named after him.

Yakutiye Medresesi (Madrasa); entrance, ceiling alter and nave.

Yakutiye Medresesi (Madrasa); entrance, ceiling alter and nave.

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque Erzurum

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque Erzurum

It is the Turkey’s oldest mosque, which was built by Lala Mustafa Pasha in1563.

Entrance and Interior of Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Entrance and Interior of Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Çifte Minareli Medrese (Twin Minaret Madrasa)

Çifte Minareli Medrese (Twin Minaret Madrasa)

Built as a theological school in1265, Çifte Minareli Medrese is an architectural monument of the late Seljuk period and a symbol of the city of Erzurum.

Facade and courtyard of the Twin Minaret Madrasa, It was under construction, did not enter inside.

Facade and courtyard of the Twin Minaret Madrasa, It was under construction, did not enter inside.

Üç Kumbetler (Three Tombs) of Erzurum; The graves of three kings were built from the 13th to the 14th century.

Two of the Three Tombs

Two of the Three Tombs

The Uc Kumbetler is a group of three tombs, the most notable of which is that of Emir Saltuk, the founder of Saltuklu State.

The most famous tomb called Emir Saltuk Vault.

The most famous tomb called Emir Saltuk Vault.

Emir Saltuk was a ruler of the Saltuklu Dynasty and built this tomb in the late 12th century.

Erzurum Kalesi (Castle) lies on top of the hill in the center of the city. The first fortification at this site was probably built in Urartian times.

Erzurum Kalesi

Erzurum Kalesi

Throughout history Erzurum changed hands frequently between the Assyrians, the Sassanids, Persians, Arabs, Romans and Byzantines.

Walking around the inside of the Erzurum Castle.

Walking around the inside of the Erzurum Castle.

The present castle was built in 415 AD under the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II.

Scenery of the town of Erzurum; After exploring in the city of Erzurum, going to the reserved hotel.

Scenery of the town of Erzurum; After exploring in the city of Erzurum, going to the reserved hotel.

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