The Land of the Romans

Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
Trip End Aug 14, 2011

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Dedeman Paladoken Ski Lodge Erzurum
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Turkey  , Erzurum,
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Today we discovered Erzurum, eastern Turkey's largest city. It's name derives  from Farsi.  Set high on a plateau and surrounded by mountains, Erzurum has hosted many important civilizations, including Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuk Turks, and Ottomans.  Along the way to the city we passed an ancient Ottoman bridge which is currently being restored.  It was beautiful. Several structures of medieval Erzurum survive, including the citadel fortress and the 13th-century Madrasa with its twin minarets.  We also visited a mosque and had an informal talk by the local imam which was very interesting.

We visited a local handcrafts market where we saw locals carving a local black stone, known as jet, or Oltu tasi,  into jewelry. 
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