Lonely Planet review
As you walk around town, you will see a gobsmacking collection of Russian belle époque mansions and Baltic architecture sprinkled around the city centre. Many have been restored and turned into administrative offices. On Ordu Caddesi are the Health Directorate Building (1907), with columns and floral motifs; the yellow-and-white Old Governor's Mansion (1883), where the Treaty of Kars was signed in 1921; and the Gazi Kars Anatolian High School , occupying a late-19th-century winter mansion. The Fethiye Camii , a converted 19th-century Russian Orthodox church, stands majestically south of the centre.