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Erzincan

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Erzincan is an ancient city in Eastern Anatolia. After suffering from powerful earthquakes (in 1939 which leveled the whole city and most recently in 1992), it has undergone a process of renewal and has become a modern city—Erzincan is one of the most orderly cities in Turkey. The population is approximately 300,000. Many stores and shopping malls can be found in Erzincan.

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By train[edit]

There is a daily train (Doğu Express) from Istanbul. Doğu Express calls at Ankara, too. There is also another daily train from Ankara (Erzurum Express), which is reported to be more comfortable (and also more expensive) than Doğu Express.

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  • Girlevik Waterfalls. One of Turkey's most beautiful. 30 km's southeast to the city.
  • Ekşisu Piknik Tesisleri. Natural mineral water source, and a picnic area. 10 km's east to the city.
  • Dörtyol. Downtown Erzincan.
  • Esentepe. A higher hill from which you can view all of the city. 2 km's north to the city.
  • Altıntepe. Remains of an ancient Urartian temple on a volcanic hill. 30 km's east to the city besides the Eastern highway.
  • Kemah. A small town along the upper Euphrates, located 45 km's southwest to the city with an ancient Saracen castle and tombs of Mengücek Emirates who dominated the ancient cities of Erzincan, Kemah and Divriği in the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • And many picnic areas.

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Peevish rivers (upper Euphrates) around Erzincan offers rafting opportunities full of adrenaline.

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  • Copper objects. These are unique art-works hand-made by the masters of Erzincan embroidering and were particularly famous in the second half of the previous century.
  • Traditional and quite unique sheep cheese, ripened in a sheepskin casing. Known as Erzincan tulumu across Turkey.

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One of the most special and unique culinary offer of Erzincan is Erzincan döneri, served with a special Lavash bread and onion and greens salad. Check out Kebabistan or Evin Döner around Dörtyol area; a portion (100 gr) should cost no more than 9 TL. Try ordering açık ayran (a cold beverage of yogurt mixed with water) as a drink accompaniment. Another local specialty is Şiş köfte (grilled lamb meatballs), which has a more distinctive taste and shape than served in other areas of the country. It comes with an extra-ordinary onion salad mixed with sumac and local lavash bread. Two restaurants Sefa Köfte and Özcan Köfte, the latter a little far from the city center offer this rarity.

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Contact[edit]

Erzincan's telephone code is (+90) 446.

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Routes through Erzincan
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