From Alican and Dilucu border gates to Karakale

Igdir is known for its borders with three countries. The border with Armenia is ver. close. Alican border gate connects Igdir with Erivan and Dilucu border gate also connects Igdir with Nakhichevan. When you arrive the places the settlement areas may be observed very clearly, yet the border gates can not be crossed due- to security reasons, and by continuing through Central Igdir, we also pass through Karakale. Just across Karakale, there is also Armenia. Karakale, which is located at a location in west of Igdir Plain on thc Armenian border, at a location, suitable for defense, is one of the oldest settlement areas in the region. It dates back to the Urartus, maybe older. The walls of the fort has been destroyed by earthquakes and today they are totally wrecked. When we see that how we were close to Armenia with the Serdarabat bridge on Araş river, we can not conceal or surprise. After we determine our borders in our minds, we depart for our hotel in central Igdir

Central Igdir is no different from other city centers. The streets of Igdir, which is rapidly developing used to consist of houses in gardens with one or two floors. Today, we see four or five storey buildings. When we wonder of the etymology of the name Igdir, we rcceive a long answer: “The name comes from the ‘Igdir Beg’, the eldest son of Cengiz Alp, who is one of the six sons of Oguz Han, and the Iç Oguzlar-Uçok Tribe, which is 1st of the 24 Oguz Tribcs.” Since ancient ages, Igdir has become a home for the Hurris, Assyrians, Cymmcrians. Paithians. Summerians, Tracho-Phrygyans. Sycthia Turks, Sassanids, Seljukids, Hephtalites, Arsakli Turcoman Nomads, Byzantines, Mongolians, Kara Koyunlu Turcomans,

Ak Koyunlu Turcomans, Ottomans, Armenians, Kurds and others. Because of this reason, Igdir, in which the traces of multiculturalism is seen everywhere, possesses great importance both for cultural tourism and therefore Turkish tourism.

Codekli Mausoleum

When we travel from Aralik County to east, to Nakhichevan, Godekli Mausoleum standing lonely in the middle of a vacant land, located 15 kilometers I away from Aralik County. The Mausoleum which is located within the land of Sale Breeding Farms, is surroundcd by an old graveyard. In the inlerior of this old structure, which is stated to have Beci built in the name of Haci Ibrahim Gudek, there are three adjacent graves. The tombstones of these graves, which are mutilated today, are still in place.

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