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Eastern Anatolia

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Ishak Pasha Dogubeyazit Turkey

Eastern Anatolia is a region sparsely populated and covered with high mountains with peaks, some of which are extinct volcanoes. Among these, Mount Ararat, with its summit at 5165m above sea level, is certainly the most spectacular and is thought by some to be the landing place of Noah's ark. Another wonder of nature is Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey and the biggest sodium water lake of the world. There are also remnants of ancient civilizations, such as the romantic Ishak Pasha Palace, the remains of Urartian buildings, Armenian churches, etc.

Unfortunately, there's also some bad news. As from 2015, the region cannot be considered to be safe for travel anymore. The security situation is unpredictable and there is a significant threat of terrorism and kidnapping. We can only hope that it will turn for the better in the near future.

 

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