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Heart Of Eastern Anatolia Elazığ
CENTRALLY LOCATED IN EASTERN ANATOLIA, ELAZIĞ PROMISES VISITORS A RICH FEAST OF HISTORY AND CULTURE
Dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C., Harput was home to numerous tribes from the Hurrians to the Seljuks. The castle at Harput, where legend has it that milk was used to alleviate a water shortage during the construction, has ensured regional security since the time of the Urartus.
BELEK GAZİ MONUMENT
Made by sculptor Nurettin Orhan, the monument to Belek Gazi, a key figure in Harput’s history, in the courtyard of the Great Mosque is a reminder of this important ruler.
The Dabakhane River to the north of Harput Castle is rich in minerals. Boasting thermal properties, its waters are highly recommended for gastrointestinal and liver ailments as well as for depression.
Turkey’s second largest dam reservoir, Keban Dam not only supplies a major portion of the country’s power needs, it has also brought the local people resort areas where they can enjoy freshwater fish.
Elazığ Archaeology and Ethnography Museum is located on the campus of Fırat University School of Engineering. The museum, which reflects the region’s archaeological wealth, features exhibits of finds unearthed in archaeological excavations in the area around Keban Dam Reservoir as well as examples of the region’s ethnographical richness. Closed Mondays, the museum is open other days 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Tel: +90 424 421 11 30/31)
AT MENTION OF ELAZIĞ
At any mention of Anatolian ‘casquettes’, the octagonal Elazığ cap is the first that springs to mind. Manufactured by a dwindling number of masters today, these caps come in large, medium and small.
Broadcloth or gabardine, usually in light or navy blue or shades of grey, is the fabric of choice for the ‘şalvar’ or baggy pants, around which a sash, known as a ‘bebek’, ‘acem’ or ‘şal’, is tied. Made of the same fabric and color, an open-necked, sleeveless vest with buttons completes the outfit.