Behind the Çift Minareli Medrese through some narrow streets you can find the Three tombs, Üç Kümbetler. There's really nothing to see here except to gaze at the three tombs which aren't really any different from some of the others in town, but it's an interesting enough walk through the old neighborhood in Erzurum, with some decaying old houses and ruins of others.
This is now a museum with some ethnographic, religious and historical (Ottoman Period) collections. The building itself is pretty interesting and is in a big square at the center of Erzurum. The minaret is very distinctive with its Central Asian look. There's another historic mosque right behind it and further down the road some others although they're not terribly distinctive or interesting and you could easily give them a miss. The museum/medrese itself is, if I remember correctly, free or at least very inexpensive and worth about half an hour or so of your time.
The medrese was closed on my last visit in 2012 for restoration and set to be closed until 2014 so I heard. Fortunately I had visited the year before. It's a really unique looking building with carvings of the famous double headed eagle near the door and rich carving on some of the pillars inside. There's a tomb in the back where some people still prayed.
Erzurum's tower is the main landmark of the city and fortunately you're also able to climb it to the top. Other than that, there's a small mosque, a huge collection of cannonballs and some ruins of the buildings inside, basically pits with stones, probably the foundations.
Erzurumda tarihi yerleri gezebilir,oltu tasi tesbih ve taki satin alabilir,eski hamamlara gidebilir,eger kisin gittiyseniz palandoken tesislerini gormenizde fayda var. Ayrica cag kebabi ve kadayif dolma yemeden donmeyiniz.
Erzurum is a histocical city, you can see some historical places, for example: yakutiye medresesi,cifte minareli cami,,
it is located east of Turkey.
best foods:cag kebabi(meat), kadayif dolmasi(desert)
you can ski on Palandoken mountain
July 22nd 1919 , The Erzerum Congress, attended by Ataturk, determined the boundaries of the Territories of The National Pact- which would form The Turkish Republic.
It was decided not to lay claim to any other former Ottoman lands- leading to the famous phrase "We want no more, We shall accept no less"
Thereby, Turkeys boundaries were defined and defended.
I had thought that this plaque commemorated this occasion, but have since noticed that the date on the plaque is 29th August 1919- so I'd be grateful for any insight!
One of Erzerums most popular landmarks! I visited this sight with a couple of students I'd met during my visit.
Founded 1253, by Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad 11 in honour of his daughter Huant Hatun.
Entrance is free, opening hours vary!
The entrance door is at the front between the two brick and tiled minarets, in accordance with Seljuk architecture, although symetrical in appearance in size and position, the motifs adourning the front panels are different. One panel displays a seljuk eagle, the other is kept plain.
Inside is a courtyard, and at the far end is a 12 sided domed hall, which is the tomb of Huand Hatun, who founded the medrese.
These 3 Seljuk conical tombs (kumbets) are situated in a fenced off enclosure, although you can't enter the tombs, you can wander around their exterior. Sometimes the enclosure is locked, but it is possible to view from the outer fence.
The left hand tomb is known as the Emir Sultan Turbesi - or mausoleum of Emir Sultan (also known as the circumsised tomb!) and dates from the 12th century.(restored in 1950) It is different to the other two, in that it is decorated in 2 - tone stone. These 2 tombs date from 13th century, and probably belong to Emir Sultans sons.
Erzurum Museum has an archaeological collection with finds mostly from the surroundings.
One part of the museum has items and photos from massgraves and texts about the Armenian massacres of muslim inhabitants in eastern Turkey. It is a horrible thing that happened. But I have also been in Yerevan, at the Genocide Memorial, and seen the horrible photos "from the other side". Well, in both cases I think it is important to show both sides.
Entrance fee is 2 000 000 TL.
Inside the Yakutiye Medrese is the Turkish-Islamic Arts and Ethnography Museum where you can see ottoman embrodery, cloths, weapons, coins etc and seljuk ceramics.
To enter the small rooms along the sides you have to bend down.
Entrance fee is 2 000 000 TL.
(Turkish citicens pay 1 000 000 TL)
Just by Cumhuriyet Caddesi, surrounded by a teagarden, is the Yakutýye Medrese from 1310. It was not built by the Seljuks, as many other buildings in Erzurum, but by the mongols. The Mongols borrowed much from the Seljuk architecture though. The entrane is finely decorated with stonecarvings and on the minaret there are patterns with small turquoise tiles.
Cifte Minareli Medrese (Twin Minaret Seminary) is one of the finest buildings in Erzurum. It was built in the 1253 by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad II.
The entrance is between the both minarets which are decorated in small torquoise tiles. On two sides there's a double colonnade. The student's cells are on the upper level. At the far end of the courtyard is the tomb of Huand Hatun (the founder of the medrese). Remember to remove your shoes before entering the tomb.
Tortum Selalasi waterfalls just outside Erzurum (about 2 hours by bus) were very pleasant (despite it being the lowest water level time of year). Very scenic bus ride through great mountains and along Tortum lake. We got a bus back to the village of Uzundere for lunch before catching the bus back to Erzurum in the early evening. Wonderful day with the usual very friendly and helpful people. Although small now (October) in May/June these falls are huge.
Cifte Minareli Medrese means something like "Seminary with twin minarets". This theological school is the most important historical monument in Erzurum. It dates back to the 13th century and it is a well preserved example of the Seljuk architecture.
The two big minarets and the finely carved portal are really impressive.
The Citadel is just a short climb from the historical center of Erzurum.
The original fortress dates back to the 5th century, but many reconstructions have been done through the centuries.
In my opinion the most interesting things of the Citadel are the impressive walls and the spectacular views of Erzurum and the surrounding mountains.