Tek Kale Kalesi

A dramatic little roadside curiosity as you're driving towards Ispik, this small ruined medieval fort with a Georgian chapel shell are perched on a precipitous shard of rock backed to the southwest by a pretty village rising from greenery amid the otherwise arid valleys. Once the Yusufeli Dam is built, the fort is likely to become a surreal little island.

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1. Dörtkilise


The enchanting ruins of this 10th-century Georgian basilica are domeless and decaying but monumentally large, atmospherically mossy and photogenically…

2. Peterek Kalesi

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The shattered ruins of this medieval castle rise on a modest rocky outcrop surrounded by the waving poplars of Çevreli village, just 800m off the D050,…

3. Tortum Şelalesi

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Especially in May when it's at full power, this wide, impressive waterfall is well worth the 600m detour off the D950 for those driving between Yusufeli…

4. Öşkvank Cathedral

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Second only to Dörtkilise, Öşkvank is the region's most memorable Georgian church. Large, relatively well preserved and with plenty of very fine relief…

5. İşhan Kilesisi

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Despite a 30m tower-spire, this laboriously restored ancient church is somewhat hidden amongst trees in Upper İşhan (İşhan Köyü), a green oasis village on…

6. Zemevan Old Bridge

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7. Cem Seyir Terası

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For a toe-curling frisson as well as a splendid view across Tortum Gölü, venture out onto this glass shelf, which opened in June 2019 and protrudes high…

8. Barhal Church-Mosque

14.21 MILES

Barhal's domeless 10th-century Georgian church is remarkably complete and now used as a mosque. The towerless, grey stone form, known as Parkhali to…