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Top Choice Museum in Erzurum

Yakutiye Medresesi

Dominating Erzurum's central park, this handsome Mongol medrese (seminary) dates from 1310. The Mongols borrowed the basics of Seljuk architecture and developed their own variations, as seen on the facade and sides …
Top Choice Islamic Site in Erzurum

Çifte Minareli Medrese

The Seljuk-style Çifte Minareli Medrese, dating from the second half of the 13th century, is for most people Erzurum's most splendid building. The twin, fluted brick minarets, decorated with eye-catching small blue …
Top Choice Kebap in Erzurum

Emirşeyh Nedim

Erzurum's choice meat-eating experience is a lovely 2-storey building with carved stone pillars and painted recessed ceilings. With very good food and friendly service, it's popular with everyone from families to co…
Cafe in Erzurum

Kılıçoğlu

The tantalising display of treats glitters like a jewellery store in this slick pastry shop and ice-cream parlour that also serves up decent lattes and espresso, and tasty lunch options such as gözleme (stuffed flat…
Fortress in Erzurum

Erzurum Kalesi

Erzurum's citadel was originally erected by a general of Byzantine emperor Theodosius in the 5th century, perhaps on the site of an earlier Urartu fortification, and subsequently damaged and repaired numerous times.…
Anatolian in Erzurum

Erzurum Evleri

This cluster of three-centuries-old houses has been restored as an atmospheric restaurant-cafe where you dine amid a warren of rooms and alcoves filled with Ottoman paraphernalia. The tasty fare, centred on local Er…
Turkish in Erzurum

Güzelyurt Restaurant

Erzurum's smartest restaurant, operating since 1928, is quaintly anachronistic, with shrouded windows and bow-tied waiters. It's licensed, and thus popular with Erzurum's rakı-drinking crowd for meze grazing. The ma…
Mosque in Erzurum

Ulu Cami

This restrained but elegant mosque was built in 1179 by Erzurum's Saltuk Turkish emir. Seven aisles run north–south and six run east–west, resulting in a forest of columns and pointed arches. In the central north–so…
Tomb in Erzurum

Üç Kümbetler

These three mausoleums are among Erzurum's most perfect small buildings. While the two smaller 12-sided ones probably date from the 14th century, the largest one – octagonal – is believed by some to be the tomb of E…
Kebap in Erzurum

Çagin Caǧ Kebap Lokanta

A friendly place with bright, modern decor, specialising in local favourite caǧ kebap (mutton grilled on a horizontal spit). You can either use a fork to eat the wood-fired morsels or follow the lead of the locals a…