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Wooden home, Kemaliye

Door Knockers, Kemaliye


Girvelik Waterfalls, Erzincan
 
Erzincan, the principal city of its province, lies 688 km eastof Ankara on a fertile plain. The highly decorated and hand-fashioned copper vessels and wares of Erzincan maintain a long traditionof the area's fame in metalwork. Bolkar, a ski slope 40 km tothe west, provides facilities for winter sports-enthusiasts.

Many of the magnificent bronze objects in Ankara's Museum of Anatolian Civilizations were found nearby at the Urartian site of Altintepe, east of Erzincan. At Tercan, the round 12th-century mausoleumof Mama Hatun with its beautifully carved stone portal is wortha detour off the main road. Girvelik, in the same southeasterly direction, provides ideal picnic spots where you can eat a packedlunch and relax to the sound of water tumbling over rocks.

Kemaliye, situated on the blanks of the firat river is one of the most beautiful and green areas in the region. It is known for its lovely countryside and schenic views; especially popular with trekkers. Kemaliye is also known for its traditional homes with their artistic detail. Karanlik Bogaz near Kemaliye is one of the best places for photo safaris, canoeing and rafting.

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