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Elazig and Tunceli


Izzet Pasa Mosque Mosque, Elazig
Elazig, founded in the 19th century, lies on a plain inthe shadow of a mountain crowned with the ancient city of Harput's citadel, an important Seljuk and Ottoman cultural and academic center. The destruction of several earthquakes and the relatively recent construction of Elazig has led to most of Harput's population deserting it for the modern city. Several Seljuk mosques remain, however which are worth visiting. The Keban and Karakaya dams on the Firat river have created huge artificial lakes, dramatically altering the surrounding environment. Twenty-five kilometers south of Elazig, the lovely and tranquil Hazarlake invites relaxation.

High mountains encircle Tunceli, 133 km north of Elazig on the Elazig-Erzurum road. On the way, stop off to see the fortress of Pertek, built in the Middle Ages and stillin good condition today. In the Munzur Valley National Park near Ovacik, 60 km northwest of Tunceli, you can fish in rushing, trout-filled streams while enjoying the amazing scenery.

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