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The Eastern Anatolia Region is the largest geographical region in Turkey. It covers 21 percent of Turkey with a surface area of 163,000 km2. It is adjacent to the Black Sea, Central Anatolian,the Mediterranean and the Southeastern Anatolia Regions.It also has borders with Georgia, Armenia, Nakhichevan, Iran and Iraq.

A Dream That You Never Want to Wake Up From

A vast landscape of rugged mountains, remote plateaus and scenic lakes comes to life in Turkey’s Eastern Anatolian Region, where a complex mosaic of cultures and ancient stories combine in a mingling of church bells with the soulful call to prayer.

In the northern highlands bordering Armenia, the Black Sea and Georgia, local principalities fended off the Mongols while depositing a cultural trail of Christian monasteries. With the appearance of the Urartu Kingdom in the lands around Lake Van in the 9th century BC, Anatolia had its first experience of state-style organization, to be later usurped by the arrival of the Armenian Kingdom, which at its height reached as far north as the Caucuses and to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean.

With huge distances between towns, extremes of climate and little infrastructure, travelling around the east may be more challenging than elsewhere in Turkey, but your efforts will be amply compensated by the remote beauty, relatively unspoiled scenery and the region’s cultural authenticity.

Provinces are Agri, Ardahan, Bingol, Bitlis, Elazig, Erzincan, Erzurum, Hakkari, Igdir, Kars, Malatya, Mus, Sirnak, Tunceli and Van.

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In the trails of history. Marked by some of the most striking examples of Turkish culture and architecture, presents visitors with a geography that begs to be seen. The historical treasures in the region carry the traces of layers of civilizations.

Start Exploring The Eastern Anatolia Region and Discover the Cities


City of Noah, is a crossroad of civilizations, a matrix of blended histories, cultures and tolerance. Agri city is located in east Anatolia region of Turkey and is border neighbor with Erzurum, Mus, Bitlis, Kars, Igdir and Iran. Because of it’s geographical locations it is one of the highest point of Turkey.


Ardahan Province is a province in the north-east of Turkey, at the very end of the country, where Turkey borders with Georgia. The provincial capital is the city of Ardahan. This is attractive open countryside which however spends many months of the year under snow.


The city of Bingol, which gets its name from the glacier lakes in the region and means “one thousand lakes“, acquired a more modern appearance the new buildings constructed after the large earthquake in 1971.


The city of Bitlis, an important tobacco production center in Turkey, was founded among the mountains on a high plateau, with an altitude of approximately 1400 meters. At the foot of the Suphan Mountain, which is the third highest mountain in Turkey, with a height of 4058 meters, there are forests and lakes with a natural beauty that makes the visitors overcome with admiration.


Elazig is a city of lakes and rivers, full of natural beauties, in the middle of wide plains surrounded by purple mountains. A large variety of food items from grains to rice are grown on the lands made fertile by the abundant water of the large rivers, and rich underground mineral deposits are also found here.


The definition “Mountains Around and Vineyards in the Center” made by the people for Erzincan indicates the geographical position of the city. The province is surrounded by mountain ranges in the south and in the north. There are very fertile lands in the river basins between these mountains.


Erzurum is the largest provincial capital in Eastern Anatolia and it was founded on the foot of the Palandoken Mountains at an elevation of 1950 meters. Erzurum known as the citadel of Eastern Anatolia, is located on an important trade junction and transit route between Ankara, Trabzon and Teheran.


Four seasons can be experienced at the same time in Hakkari, which is the most mountainous province in Turkey. There are various glacier lakes in the mountains, where the permanent glaciers do not melt even in the middle of the summer.


The province of Kars is located in the North East Anatolia and is on the Historic Silk Road, Kars is a border city whose foundation history extends to the BC 9000 – 8000 and the city is a well-known city with its historical and archeological ruins, natural beauties and rich folklore culture.


Malatya and its surroundings have been the host to various civilizations from the first ages of history. The city of Malatya, which is located in the middle of a fertile plateau, the surroundings of which are irrigated by many large and small streams, is where various fruits are grown, including the world famous apricots. Fruit orchards, grain fields and animal husbandry in the pastures are the main assets of Malatya.


Mus, which has an important place in Turkish history, is a very interesting province, both with its economic wealth and its natural beauties. The natural beauty of the city comes from its high mountains and green high plateaus and it also shelters numerous historical assets, just like other cities in Anatolia. The citadel at Malazgirt County, which is known as the place where the Turks first entered Anatolia, has an extremely splendid appearance.


Tunceli is an Eastern Anatolia province surrounded by natural beauties. The rich flora and fauna in an unspoilt natural environment add a distinctive beauty to the surroundings. The Munzur Valley Natural Park in Tunceli, is one of the most beautiful national parks in Turkey.The valley is covered with birch trees, which are gradually becoming extinct in the world. Numerous mosques, citadels, monuments and columns belonging to the AssyrianSeljuk and Ottoman Periods in Tunceli Province, which has a history dating back to the Hittites, are interesting.


Van is situated in the south of Turkey, and on Lake Van, from which the city has taken its name. Under the name of Tushpa, it used to be capital of the kingdom known in history as the Urartian.
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