Hierapolis – Pamukkale

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Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

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Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

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Nemrut Mountain

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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

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Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

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City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

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Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

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Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »


Harput: A picturesque open-air museum harboring a variety of monuments located in one of Turkey’s notable cities with the richest cultural heritage

An ancient settlement with a history dating back to 2000 BC, Harput lies in the province of Elazığ. The monuments of the area bear the traces of the continental climate that prevails in the area.

Perhaps now it’s your turn to explore one of the most striking towns of eastern Anatolian history!


Representative of the cultural legacy of eastern Anatolia, Harput welcomes guests all the year round for its rich variety of valuable artifacts and the historical façade of the province.
The ancient settlements of Harput qualify as open air museums harboring numerable monuments of historical significance. Each of them more valuable than the other, these monuments deserve a round tour.
Harput Castle, also known as Süt (Milk) Castle, was built during the ​​Urartu era. It is said that milk was mixed in the mortar during the construction of the castle and that the name of castle was derived from this hearsay. The castle is comprised of an interior and exterior section and has a rectangular shape. Offering a panoramic view of the city, Harput Castle is located at an incredible location where you can take a look at unforgettable scenery.
Harput is also abundant in religious sites you should visit after you have seen the castle. The Church of Virgin Mary which was built in 179 A.D., the Ulu Mosque (Grand Mosque) which is one of the oldest mosques in Anatolia, the Kurşunlu, Alacali and Ağa mosques of the Ottoman era are among the religious sites waiting for you.
Buzluk Cave, located in close proximity to Keban Dam, is one of the most significant natural sites of the area. Formed by nature’s hand, you can chill off among the ice stalagmites and stalactites while visiting the cave in the summer months and enjoy the warmth of the cave in the winter months. Claimed to have a healing effect on some ailments, Buzluk Cave has existed even prior to the settlement of Harput.
The Harput Museum, exhibiting the inscriptions and ethnographic artifacts of the city and the findings located at Içme Mound, is among the major historical attractions worth the visit.
You will be astonished by the variety of delicacies that constitute the local cuisine of Harput. You should make some time and try some of these delicacies with unique names such as Işgene, Harput Köfte (Harput style meatballs), taş ekmeğı (bread backed in local style),pestilli yumurta (fried eggs with dried fruit pulp) and kalbur dolma (a local type of sweet). Orcik and pestil (sun-dried fruit pulp) and Çedene coffee are some other local flavors you should try.
An impressive town harmonizing ancient times with the present day, Harran is waiting to welcome you!

How can I go there?

Located on the eastern side of Turkey, Harput district is situated in Elaziğ province which has convenient transportation facilities.
The Elaziğ Airport in service of domestic flights from Istanbul and Ankara is the most comfortable means of transport. The shuttle services and cabs waiting outside of the exit gates of the airport will take you to Harput in short time.
Tourists who prefer the highway can take any of the intercity buses leaving from any city in Turkey to Elazığ province. There are public transport vehicles and taxis leaving from the Elazığ bus terminal to Harput.
Elazığ, which has also railway connection, is a terrific destination that welcomes visitors any season of the year.