ElazığElazig is the most orderly, well-planned and beautiful city located in the Elazig province of Eastern Turkey. Situated on the fertile plain near a mountain (4350 feet high), this town lies at an altitude of 1020 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by vineyards and gardens. The city is aesthetically magnificent, much of which is contributed by its location in the middle of wide expanse of plains, which are surrounded by purple hued mountains. There are also several lakes and rivers which add to its beauty. Elazig is endowed with immense natural resources. Abundant water supply from huge rivers like Euphrates (Firat) and the rich mineral deposit from underground, together contribute towards the rapid industrialization. Agriculture is also prosperous owing to the fertile soil and water supply and different food items like grains, rice etc. are grown here. However, the main product of the region is the wine. Elazig also trades in crops and livestock. The Keban and Karakaya dams on the Euphrates River have given rise to several artificial lakes of which the Keban Lake is the largest and has important contributions in hydraulic power generation.
Culturally also, the region is quite developed. Harput, 5 km North of Elazig, used to be the cultural seat of the region. Many renowned scientists and artists were educated in Harput, which can be defined as the "real example of the city in fairy tales". Elazig, with its long-standing Ottoman-Seljuk connection, also has curved its own cultural niche. The dance form of Elazig belongs to "Halay" style of dance. Cayda cira is a favorite dance for weddings and henna paintings, in which the dancers carry candles on the plates to represent its reflection on the water. Read More
The city of Elazığ was founded among the skirts of the hill on which the historical Harput Castle was constructed. According to the present historical sources, the most ancient inhabitants of Harput was theHurriannation who settled in these aprts in 2000 B.C. Harput, and its surrounding region was part of...Read More
Places of interest
All of the significant architecture is actually in neighboring Harput. Harput Castle (harput translated as 'Milk' in turkish is 'Süt') is located at the southeast of the ancient city of Harput, at a position dominating the Elazığ plain. It is a known fact that this historical castle was build inRead More
The city station lies on the route of twice weeklyVangölü Ekspresi, which connectsTatvanon theLake Vanwith several cities incentralandwestern Turkey, such asKayseri,Ankara, andIstanbulamong others, as well as calling at nearbyMalatya. Elazığ station is also the eastern terminus of dailyFırat Express, which departs from theMediterraneancity ofAdanaat 8:38AM, calling atMalatyaaround 5:50PM, and finallyRead More
Access to Elazığ by the car from some provinces of Turkey are as follows: From Kayseri to Elazig about 440 kilometers (km) and takes about 30 minutes, about 6 hours by car. From Elazig to Malayta about 100 kilometers (km) and takes about 20 minutes, about 1 hour by car.Read More
Elazığ is at the junction point connecting Eastern Anatolia to the Western region.Buses run most frequently from neighboring cities like: fromErzurum takes7 hours and costs 50 turkish liras, fromDiyarbakir takes2 hours and fees is 12 Turkish liras and fromMalatya takes2 hours for 5 Turkish liras. Elaziğ's Coach Station Tel: (+90Read More