1 Nemrut Dağı

The massive crater of this towering volcano shelters migrating birds in May and September, and in between offers the possibility of a dip in the crater lakes.

2 Ahlat

The eerie cemeteries of lakeshore Ahlat are home to beautifully carved, improbably angled tombstones and striking cylindrical mausoleums.

3 Van Kalesi

The lakeside “Rock of Van”, fortified by the ancient Urartians and covered in their cuneiform inscriptions, rises above the poignant old town of Van.

4 Akdamar Kilisesi

Superbly restored tenth-century Armenian church, liberally decorated with relief-carved biblical scenes, picturesquely set on a tiny island in Lake Van.

5 İshak Paşa Sarayı

An architectural folly of richly carved golden limestone, nestling beneath a dramatic rocky spur above the Silk Road to Iran.

6 Mount Ararat

This iconic biblical peak, at 5137m the highest mountain in Turkey, rises in Mount Fuji-like volcanic magnificence above the bustling frontier town of Doğubeyazit.

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