Georgian Valleys attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Çamlıyamaç

Öşkvank Cathedral

A three-aisled cruciform structure still topped by a dome, the cathedral has a very impressive main facade on its south side, with tall blind arcades and reliefs of archangels and an eagle clutching a deer. The cath…
Top Choice Church in İşhan

İşhan Church of the Mother of God

This wonderful medieval Georgian church has been under restoration by the Turkish government, meaning it can only be gazed at from the perimeter fence, but hopefully it will be reopened to visitors in 2017. From out…
Cathedral in Bana & Penek

Bana Cathedral

The awesome 7th-century Armenian Bana Cathedral stands on a hillock 2.5km from Penek village amid bright green grasslands, with the surrounding mountains forming a fantastic backdrop. The building's ruined state mak…
Church in Bağbaşı

Haho Church

The imam speaks a tiny bit of English and is usually present till about 5pm to open the building for visitors, in exchange for a small donation to its upkeep.From outside you can admire the conical dome of multicolo…
Castle in Bana & Penek

Kizkalesi & Erkek Kalesi

The two medieval castles of Kizkalesi and Erkek Kalesi, visible from the D060 north of Yolboyu village, were evidently a pair (their names mean Girl Castle and Boy Castle), designed to command a valley where two riv…
Castle in Bana & Penek

Oltu Kalesi

The startling citadel of Oltu Kalesi, thought to have been originally built by Urartus around 1000 BC, rises above the centre of peaceful Oltu town. It has been closed for restoration but it's worth checking if it h…