Turkey Info

Turkey Guide

Kervansaray Canakkale

Boutique Hotel

Badem Han Pension Edirne

Boutique Hotel

Sehitoglu Konagi Afyon

Boutique Hotel

Ugurlu Konaklari Kastamonu

Boutique Hotel

Hampton by Hilton Samsun

3 Star Hotel

Bitlis

Bitlis
Bitlis is 44km from the Siirt highway exit and follows a wonderful winding gorge full of hans and old bridges.  Bitlis sits at an altitude of 1545m set in a steep sloped valley, is famous for its tobacco and once controlled the pass from Syria to Van, Persia and Armenia.  Before the First World War the population was largely Armenian and today is predominantly Kurdish.  

The town has one street that stretches along the river which in winter becomes torrential and in summer dries to a trickle and the dark stone houses here are reminiscent of those from a 19th century English mill-town.
Its most famous monument is the Seljuk style 16th century mosque the Şerefiye Mosque with its excellent carved portal, also the unusual Ulu Camii Mosque built by the Artukids in 1126, and the kervansaray Saraf Han.  The 1316 Küfrevi Türbesi is within a walled complex along with a more modern türbe (tomb) commissioned by Sultan Abdulhamid in 1898 all of which contain the tombs of six Sunni saints and attract Muslim pilgrims from all over the world.  
From the citadel, built at the top of the rocky outcrop and looms over the north-side of town, visitors are offered superb views.  

There is only one hotel that is rather shabby and the restaurants serve rather insipid food although there are some cafés that have good savoury snacks.  There are dolmuş minibuses running regularly during the day and main buses pass through here on-route to Van but are often full.

Turkey Photos

Aphrodisias Ancient City

Gocek

Dalyan

Gokceada or Gokce Island

Derinkuyu Underground City

Sumela Monastery in Trabzon

Turkey Property For Sale

OTHER DESTINATIONS

£459,926
4975m2 Land for Sale in

OTHER DESTINATIONS

£49,404
2700m2 Land for Sale in

Turkish Food Recipes

Lamb Stew with Chestnuts - Red Meat Courses

Main Course

Lentils with Minced Meat - Legume Courses

Main Course

Dried Figs Stuffed with Walnuts - Other Desserts

Dessert

Fried Courgette with Yogurt Sauce - Vegetable Mezes

Cold Meze

Semolina Halva or Irmik Helvasi - Other Desserts

Dessert

Pilaf with Almonds - Rice & Pasta Dishes

Main Course

x Message Sent