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    Yakutiye Medrese

    by MalenaN Written Jul 21, 2004

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    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.

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    Cifte Minareli Medrese

    by MalenaN Written Jul 2, 2004

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    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.

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    Turkish-Islamic Arts and Ethnography Museum

    by MalenaN Written Jul 21, 2004

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    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)

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    Erzurum Museum

    by MalenaN Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    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.

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    Cifte Minareli Medrese (1)

    by dabuwan Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    Cifte Minareli Medrese

    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.

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    Ulu Cami (The Grand Mosque)

    by dabuwan Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    The Grand Mosque

    Ulu Cami, or "the Grand Mosque" is located very close to the Cifte Minareli Medrese.
    This big mosque dates back to the 12th century and it has an unusual shape with seven wide naves. The Minaret is also interesting, though not too tall.
    It is another remarkable example of Seljuk architecture, very well preserved.

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    Citadel

    by dabuwan Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    The Citadel

    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.

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    Tiled Plaque

    by suvanki Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    Tiled picture celebrating Ataturks visit

    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!

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    The Cifte Minareli medrese...

    by maykal Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The Cifte Minareli medrese (Twin Minaret school) is one of the more noticeable buildings in Erzurum. Originally a religious school, it has now been converted to a fairly upmarket cafe, yet the religious aspect is preserved by a small shrine at the far end of the courtyard. To enter, take your shoes off, and don't take photos...worshippers won't take too kindly to having a camera flashed in their face when they are praying. The courtyard is nice, but the minarets are stunning, especially when viewed close up. From a distance, the medrese could be mistaken for a factory of some sorts (or at least that is what my dad thought when he first saw the intro photo!), but when you stand below and look up, you'll see it is speckled with green tiles and Qur'anic inscriptions (see photo in the Cultural Tips section below).

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    Behind the Cifte Minareli...

    by maykal Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Behind the Cifte Minareli Medrese, you'll come across three small domed structures...these are the Uc Gumbetler, or three tombs. They all date from the 13th century, although when it comes to names, my memory can be like a sieve (i.e. I've forgotten whose tombs they are!!).

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    Uc Kumbet - 3 Tombs

    by suvanki Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    Uc Kumbet, Erzerum

    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.

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    Cifte Minare Madrasa - Twin Minaretted Madrasa

    by suvanki Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    Cifte Minare Madrese, Erzerum, Turkey
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    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.

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    Cifte Minareli Medrese (2)

    by dabuwan Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Cifte Minareli Medrese

    It is very nice to visit this school and the surrounding area. There are some interesting old tombs near by (13th century) and many other monuments reminding the importance of Erzurum as a religious center through the history.

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    Oltu tasi,hamamlar,kumbetler,palandoken tesisleri

    by selim45 Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    palandoken
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    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

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    The remains of the castle...

    by maykal Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The remains of the castle should be your first port of call, just to get a good overview of the city...theoretically, there is an entry charge payable at the ticket booth, but when the ticket man goes off for lunch, he doesn't seem too careful about locking up! Mind you, he wasn't too bothered when he came back to find the place 'full of tourists' (all twelve...all Turkish except me), and didn't bother to ask for any money...he probably missed out on the only business to come his way all day, but just laughed it all off with a glass of tea!

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