Ararat

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Doğubeyazıt – Kurdish town located 30 km from the border with Iran, at an altitude of ca. 1500 m. It is frequented by tourists, because there are a few places of note there. First of all, the mighty mountain of Ararat (5165 m) and the famous Ishak Pasa Sarayi. In addition, there is the Noah's Ark Park, meteorite crater, ice cave, hot springs in Diyadin and the Fish Lake. The surroundings of Doğubeyazıt are mountainous and very scenic.

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İshak Paşa Sarayı – the famous Ishak Pasha Palace, located 5 km from Doğubeyazıt. The palace is situated in the beautiful scenery of mountains, hills and rocks. It was built in the seventeenth century by the Kurdish prince Ishak Pasa. Nearby is the mosque from the Ottoman era surrounded by a lot of old ruins, such as the cemetery and the old chapel. They show that once the town was right there. The palace hill offers a beautiful view of the surroundings, where you can take a walk. You can also buy souvenirs there.
This place is also a popular picnic spot among the locals who go there to spend the whole day. With any luck, you can see how a sheep is killed for a barbecue.

 

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Noah's Ark National Park – created in the place where, as it is presumed, there are traces of and even some remains of Noah's ark discovered in 1985. In the vicinity of the "traces" of Noah's Ark, there is a small museum set up in which we can find photos documenting the search for the Ark.

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Meteorite crater (Meteor Çukuru) – the second largest meteorite crater in the world. Situated between Doğubeyazıt and the border with Iran, it was created in 1892 by a falling meteorite. It is 60 m deep and has 35 m in diameter.

 

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Ice Cave (Buz Mağarası) – the cave is located near Doğubeyazıt (about 1 hour drive). On the way there, you can see from a distance the Büyük Ağrı and Küçük Ağrı. Then you get to the place where you can see a big "hole", which will take you to the cave. When you enter the cave, you can see only piles of larger and smaller stones. Only after you have gone 20-30 meters down will you see the unusual ice "bubbles" which look as if they were growing from the stones. They are of different sizes – from small, not bigger than the palm of your hand, to as big as human head. You need to take a good flashlight and a warm sweater when you go to the cave – in comparison to the temperature outside, the cave is quite cold.


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Fish Lake (Balık Gölü) – the lake famous for its large number of big fish. It is slightly hidden and it still hasn't been discovered by many tourists, which is a pity as it is situated in the beautiful scenery of fields and hills. On the horizon you can see the great mountain of Ararat with its peak covered with snow all year round. You can go swimming and fishing in the lake. It is the place where you can enjoy the beauty of the surrounding views.

 

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Diyadin – a village in eastern Anatolia between the towns of Ağrı and Doğubeyazıt. In Diyadin there are hot springs. The water flows from the land. It’s good for your health and body. In Diyadin there are special pools where you can swim. The sources are located in the beautiful scenery of rocks. When we look down, we see the slowly flowing river. The general impression of this place is really positive.

 

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Mountain pastures (yayla) – located in the neighbourhood of the town Taşlıçay. The people from the larger towns who have rams and ewes move into tents in open spaces and mountain highlands in the summer. They live in the tents for about 5 months. The area is very interesting and provides opportunities for light trekking and for getting to know the life of Kurds.

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