This abandoned Ottoman hamam stands on the north bank of the Kars River beside the Taş Köprü bridge.
The ruins of the Beylerbeyi Sarayı nestle beneath Kars Castle.
The attractive 16th-century basalt bridge Taş Köprü, spanning the Kars River below the castle, was destroyed by a flood and rebuilt by...
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This leafy riverside spot is perfect for a glass of çay in the shade, especially after walking up to the castle.
Kars Castle information
Records show that Saltuk Turks built a fortress on this hill above a bend in the Kars River in 1153. It was demolished by the Central Asian conqueror Tamerlane (Timur) in 1386 and rebuilt several times over the following centuries. Inside are a Janissary barracks, arsenal, small mosque, the tomb of Celal Baba who died in a Mongol attack in 1239, and a cafe.
The kale (fortress) was the scene of bitter fighting during and after WWI. When the Russians withdrew in 1920, Kars was left in control of Armenian forces, until Turkish republicans took the castle.