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Abaut Kars

Having the biggest and largest lowland of Eastern Anatolia, Kars is the door of Turkey opening to Caucasus and Middle Asia. Throughout the history, since it has been located on the joint point of old trade routes, it has maintained its significance. Chalcolithic period, Old Bronze Era, Early Iron Era cultures and Urartu, Scythian, Kimmer, Persian, Roman, Arsaks, Sassanians, Emevi Abbasid, Byzantinum, Bagrad, Seljukians, Saltuks, Mongols, Georgians, Karakoyunlu, Akkoyunlu, Ottoman, Russian and Turkish governments’ political ruling activities can be seen in the province where the first settlement dates back to B.C. 13000. Especially Yerli, Kürt, Terekeme (Kapakalpak) and Azeri people and very few Malakan and Dukhobor communities are living in Kars territories where such tribes lived once.

The province is one of the primary winter tourism centers of our country and it can be expanded with the investments to be made. Along with this, the city which has witnessed a constant settlement since Stone Age in terms of culture tourism with its ancient ruins and archaeological sites regarding the very old periods of the history is one of the primary cultural tourism centers.

Kars includes 7 districts excluding the city center. These are Akyaka, Arpaçay, Digor, Kağızman, Sarıkamış, Selim and Susuz.

Digor: There is not any exact information about the history of the district but it is stated in the researches that five Turkish family settled in the region and laid the foundation of Digor in 1887-1888. Having been under the Russian occupation for 40 years with Kars, Digor was saved from the Russian occupation on 22 October 1920.

Kağızman: It is 72 km away from the city center. Aras River which is in the north of Kağızman and flowing from west to east is full of wild and natural beauties. The beauties in this canyon can be seen by watching the Kağızman and Tuzluca routes. And there are various histrocal constructions such as Tunç Kaya (Keçivan) Castle, Köroğlu Castle and Çengilli Church.

Sarıkamış: It is located within Erzurum - Kars in Eastern Anatolia. It is the most touristic district of the region thanks to its Cıbıltepe Ski Center. Obsidian stones are processed and sold as gift in the district.

Susuz: Susuz Waterfall which is 24 km away from city center is worthseeing. Furthermore, Susuz Hot Springs are beneficial for rheumatism diseases which are around the city center.

Akyaka: There is historical Ocaklı (Ani) within the boundaries of Akyaka district which is 54 km away from the city center and the archaeological site is the main interest source of the visitors.

Arpaçay: The fundamental economical activity of the region is agriculture and husbandry. Carpet business is another important economical activity in the region. Kars carpets are knit in almost each village within the district. Selim: There are various gossips about the name of the district of which exact establishment date cannot be determined; and the most common one is that it was established by Malakans under the name of Nova Selim. The district takes attention with its plains.