Main Attractions in Igdir

Igdir province has a rich historical and cultural heritage, and the various monuments you see bear a reflection on the struggles the civilization underwent in its quest for survival.

Mount Agri: Rising up to a height of 5165 m, Mount Agri, also called Mount Ararat is the main peak of Turkey and the symbol of the this region. Apart from it biblical interest and breathtaking scenery, it also provides opportunities for hunting, skiing and mountaineering. Climbing is also possible once you get the necessary permission from the local authorities. The snow capped mount is a dormant volcano.

Visit the Harmandöven Caravanserai, on the old Silk Road in the Batum - Tebriz route of caravan roads, built by Serafettin Ejder Bey, Emiri of Sürmari at 12th century in the Seljuklian Period. The Seljuk Empire of Rum spanned the ancient trade routes of Anatolia, the camel trails along which trade was carried out between Europe and Persia and China. With trade came wealth, so the Seljuk sultans worked to encourage, increase and protect commerce by road. The great men and women of the empire built Hans, or caravanserais ("caravan palaces") along the Silk Road and other major routes - huge stone buildings to provide shelter the caravaneers, their camels, horses and donkeys, and their cargo.

Koçbasi Tombs, which are remnants from the Karakoyunlu period, can found almost every graveyard in the Igdir Plain.

The Aras River rises south of Erzurum in the Bingöl Daglari (mountains) of Turkey; and flows eastward, forming for approximately 275 miles (440 km) the international boundary between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the north and Iran on the south.

Set some time aside to discover other monuments in the eastern Anatolian region including Urartian rock monuments, a 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai and the Karakale (Black Castle). In Karakoyun village, on the road between Igdir and Aralik, make a brief stop to step back in time marvel at the 15th century cemeteries with Karakoyun (ram and ewe) monumental tombstones.
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