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  • 10 vibes for Erzurum

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    You should try daytime and nighttime skiing in Palandöken that is a 10-minute drive from the city center.It is one of Türkiye's and the world's top winter sports centers with its proximity to the central district of Erzurum, a long ski season and night skiing service.

    The bastions are military structures built to defend Erzurum during the Russo-Turkish War, and particularly the most spectacular ones, Aziziye and Mecidiye bastions offer a bird's eye view of the city. You can also visit the graveyard of Nene Hatun, a female fighter who became an icon of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 with her heroic deeds, at Aziziye bastions.

    Tortum Lake and Waterfall are one of the world's top three lakes in terms formation of these geological structures, and fascinating wonders of nature with their unique reflections and landscaping.

    Çoruh River and Rafting; Natural beauties of Erzurum attract a lot of visitors and are preferred by the lovers of rafting in recent years.

    Fairy Chimneys of Narman, the "Land of Red Fairies", attract more tourists every year. The site is a wonder of nature that has to be seen by the visitors of Erzurum.

    Öşvank Monastery; If you visit Erzurum, you should see the Öşvank Monastery, the pilgrimage site of the Georgian, which was built in 963 to 973. Remember to see the icons of the monastery. 

    Trail of Culture and History; Make sure that you see the Castle of Erzurum, Clock Tower, TwinMinaret Madrasa, Ulu Mosque and Three Tombs in the campus that will put you on a journey from the Byzantine era to the Ottoman era. 

    Erzurum Congress Building and Atatürk House; The house where Atatürk stayed when he was in Erzurum on July 3, 1919, serves as an Atatürk Museum House, and the Congress Building was restored and is currently used as Atatürk Art Museum and Gallery. Sit on the delegates’ seat and experience the spirit of the time at the Erzurum Congress Building where Kazım Karabekir pledge allegiance to Atatürk with his army and the foundations of the Republic of Türkiye were laid.

    You should not leave Erzurum before you enjoy some cağ kebabı and kadayıf dolması, and tea with lemon in local "kıtlama" style.

    Oltu stone; Get your souvenirs such as prayer beads and jewelry made of jet stone at the Rüstem Pasha Mansion (Taşhan).