Erzurum Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by colindr23
  • Things to Do
    by colindr23
  • Erzurum

Erzurum Things to Do

  • Üç Kümbetler

    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...

  • Yakutiye Medrese

    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...

  • Çift Minareli Medrese

    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...

  • Erzurum's Fortress

    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.

  • Oltu tasi,hamamlar,kumbetler,palandoken...

    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...

  • Lala Mustafa Pasa Camii

    This mosque is Ottoman in style, commissioned by Lala Mustafa - who was the conquorer of Cyprus. It was built between 1562 and 1563 by the great architect Sinan.

  • Tiled Plaque

    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...

  • Cifte Minare Madrasa - Twin Minaretted...

    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...

  • Uc Kumbet - 3 Tombs

    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...

  • Erzurum Museum

    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...

  • Turkish-Islamic Arts and Ethnography...

    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)

  • Yakutiye Medrese

    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...

  • Cifte Minareli Medrese

    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...

  • Tortum Selalasi (waterfalls)

    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...

  • Cifte Minareli Medrese (1)

    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.


Erzurum Hotels

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  • Renaissance Polat Erzurum Hotel

    I was not supposed to stay there but a friend of mine manage to convince me to splurge after a long...

  • Dedeman Palandoken

    PK 115, Erzurum, Erzurum, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Palan Hotel

    Palandoken, Erzurum, Erzurum, 25100, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Erzurum Restaurants

  • Tea Gardens

    Around Yakutiye Medrese there is a teagarden. It is a very peaceful place to sit down in for a rest. There are not only men here but many women and families, and even woman sitting alone.You can have tea, nescafe, dondurma etc.Children who wants to sell things ar polish your shoes sometimes cruise past the tables.

  • Great food in an incredible place

    We thought we had seen everything in Erzurum until we found this place. Eight old houses have been merged together to make the most amazing restaurant. Loads of rooms full of things hanging on the walls. Cosy corners and attics with hundreds of cushions and great food and a simple menu. One of us was vegetarian and was immediately accommodated...

  • Wow such cakes!

    Fantastic cake shop. Try the chicken semolina rice pudding thing (although I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't kept thinking CHICKEN?!?)Nothing else is weird, by the way, just great, great value cakes


Erzurum Transportation

  • From Erzurum to Dogubayazit

    I took a taxi from the hotel to the otogar in Erzurum and for that I paid 4 000 000 TL. There is also a bus, number 2, going to the otogar. But the first time in Erzurum I could not see the bus stop. The journey from Erzurum to Dogubayazit took about 5 hours and it cost 15 000 000 TL. Along the way there was one road control where the military...

  • Trabzon to Erzurum

    Trabzon was my first stop in Turkey so I was not familiar with different bus companies, buying tickets from the offices in town or free service buses to the otogar. So when the day came when I was going to ErzurumI just took a dolmush to the otogar from a place close to Hotel Nur. It was 500 000 TL to the otogar.At the otogar I bought a ticket to...

  • Erzurum to Kars

    I walked along Cumhuryiet Caddesi to look for the buscompany offices but only saw Palendöken. They don't have buses to Kars but said I had to go to the otogar. It took about 20 minutes to walk there. I asked around and choosed DoguKars which had buses at nine. A ticket is 13 000 000 TL (or 14) they said but 10 000 000 TL if you are a student. I...


Erzurum Local Customs

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    by maykal Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Having spent most of my time in Turkey on the Black Sea coast, it was a bit of a shock to suddenly be in such a conservative city again. The cafes were segregated, and I was turned away at a couple of them because the only free tables were deemed too close to tables occupied by families. So,if you are a single man, don't just sit down at any table in a cafe...look around for groups of men, and sit near them, rather than suffer the embarrassment of being asked to leave! In restaurants, men always sit in the front room, while unaccompanied women and families disappear behind a curtain into the segregated area...even the waiters are unable to pass through this curtain, so many restaurants employ young boys to take the orders and serve the food to women.

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Erzurum Warnings and Dangers

  • Erzurum is a very safe...

    Erzurum is a very safe city...or at least it felt safe to me. There is a huge army presence, but this doesn't seem to cause any problems...might be wise to stay away from military areas, and be careful where you point your camera, just to be on the safe side though. Other than that, the main worry will be the heat and the thin air. Coming from...

  • erzurum,is more than 1900 m...

    erzurum,is more than 1900 m high,it is extremely cold in winter,I had -4°C at noon and -15°C at night,it is the biggest city in north-east turkey

  • Erzurum Hotels

    4 Hotels in Erzurum

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Erzurum Off The Beaten Path

  • One day, I decided to visit...

    One day, I decided to visit the town of Hasankale, also known as Pasinler. From the guidebook, I was expecting a mountain resort with a hilltop castle, and the best Sulphur baths in Turkey...unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment. The castle, while being hilltop, was falling apart and was obviously used as the local public toilet. The...

  • border turkey/iran:I do not...

    border turkey/iran:I do not know how I crossed the border;after having waited some hours on the turkish side,suddenly a beautiful beard opened the iranian side and told me that my visa was unvalid since yesterday.Finally an officer let me in and accepted me,I jumped quickly into a shuttle to maku,just in case the officer changes his mind.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Erzurum Sports & Outdoors

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    by suvanki Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    No matter where I travel, I can't escape the Universal attraction for soccer!

    Throughout Turkey, I've seen football played, either by teams of men/boys, kitted out, and with a leather ball, playing on a marked pitch, or having an informal kick around on a dry patch of land, or around the bus station, or young boys knocking about a makeshift ball.

    As you can see from the photo, an improvised game can take place even among the tombs!

    It's often a starting point for a conversation, talking about your local team. When people ask where I'm from and I say Sheffield, I sometimes get the reply - Sheffield Wednesday! Now I don't know why they associate the 2, as Wednesday aren't the better accomplished team in my city!!
    I have to politely grit my teeth!! and say, No, Sheffield United!!!!

    Equipment: Football souvenirs will always be welcome, from stickers/badges to team shirts!

    Boy and Football- 3 Tombs, Erzerum, East Turkey
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Erzurum Favorites

  • Spring has not the same meaning in the...

    Beware that Erzurum is especially known in Turkey for its ski (kayak) facilities.I was there in May 05 and the weather was bad with low temperature and a bit of snow !

  • English speakers

    Popped into 'English Land' (they run English speaking courses) to ask directions and then spent a couple of hours there every evening with a group. We're teachers in England and found it entertaining and rewarding. In a couple of days we had unlimited offers of everything we could have wanted from a town and as such can't recommend Erzurum highly...

  • dogubayazit is the last...

    dogubayazit is the last village before the iranian border,you can make there all kind of traffic,change your money,and have a look at the mount ararat. picture is an ottoman bridge on the road to agri karaköse


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