Bayburt was once an important center on the
ancient Silk Route and it was visited by Marco Polo and Turkish excursionist
Evliya Celebi. The city welcomes you with the remains of its Byzantine Castle.
There are several interesting mosques, Turkish baths and tombstones in the city
as well as the Catalcesme Underground City and the natural wonder Sirakayalar
Waterfall which are all attractive. The city deserves notice, although it has
been designated as a province just recently.
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