the Steps of Noah
|The Toros (Taurus)
Mountains which parallel Turkey's southernborder, and the Black Sea
Mountains in the north join together to form a mighty mountain range which
defines the country'seasternborder. The tremendous diversity of the eastern
and Southeasternlands surprises travellers : the red-ochre plateau of
Erzurum;the forests, waterfalls, and green pastures of Kars and Agri; the
permanent snow-cap on biblical Mount Agri (Ararat) ;the vast Lake Van with
its deep blue waters. Dwellings and modes of life also vary greatly in this
large region. Small, earth-roofedhouses, built close to the ground typify
houses around Kars. Despitea generally austere life, the people of the area
are generousand hospitable.
The region's long and turbulent history has left monuments toits various
Byzantine monasteries and churches, Seljuk mausoleums and
Ottoman mosquesand hilltop citadels. To the
inveterate travellerand lover ofadventure, this region of Turkey fascinates,
astonishes and informs.
The national highway, the great trans-Anatolian axis road is, the most
direct route between
Ankara and Iranian border, and passes through Sivas,
Agri, and Dogubeyazit.
The most direct route to this region is the Central Anatolian Highway that
Van and on to Iran,
Ishak Pasa Palace