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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