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Kars

4.2
Ruins · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. For a brief period of time, it served as the capital of the medieval Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia. Its significance increased in the 19th century, when Kars was contested between the Ottoman and Russian empires, with the latter gaining control of the city as a result of the 1877-78 war. During World War I, the Ottomans took control of the city in 1918 and declared the Provisional National Government of the Southwestern Caucasus, but were forced to relinquish it to the First Republic of Armenia following the Armistice of Mudros. During the Turkish–Armenian War in late 1920, Turkish revolutionaries captured Kars for the last time. The controversial Treaty of Kars was signed in 1921 between the Government of the Grand National Assembly and the Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, which established the current north-eastern boundaries of Turkey.HistoryEtymologyAs Chorzene, the town appears in Roman historiography as part of ancient Armenia. For the origin of the name "Kars", some sources claim it to be derived from the Georgian word კარი, meaning "the gate" while other sources claim it is from the Armenian word հարս which is a folk etymological word for bride, or rather from կառուց բերդ, "Kaṛuts Fortress". The Turkish etymology offered by M. Fahrettin Kırzıoğlu, has been dismissed as unsustainable by scholars.
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Popular things to do in Kars

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Ani Antik Kenti
World heritage site
Ani Antik Kenti
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Sarikamis-Kars Kis Turizm Merkezi
Ski Area
Sarikamis-Kars Kis Turizm Merkezi
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Kars Citadel
Historic Site
Kars Citadel
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Ani Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Ani Cathedral
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Kars

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Museum of Apostles (Havariler Museum)
Historic Site
Museum of Apostles (Havariler Museum)
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Kars Fethiye Camii ©
Religious Site
Kars Fethiye Camii
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Church Of St Gregory
Religious Site
Church Of St Gregory
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Camuslu Koyu Kaya Resimleri ©
Ruin
Camuslu Koyu Kaya Resimleri
1.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kars

Menucehr Camii ©
Religious Site
Menucehr Camii
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Harrani Turbesi
Landmark
Harrani Turbesi
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
The Church of Tigran Honents ©
Church
The Church of Tigran Honents
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
The Armenian St. Pirkitch Church
Religious Site
The Armenian St. Pirkitch Church
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Kars

Lake Çıldır ©
Water Body
Lake Çıldır Ardahan
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Sarikamis Kayak Merkezi ©
Ski Area
Sarikamis Kayak Merkezi Sarikamis
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Seytan Kalesi ©
Castle
Seytan Kalesi Ardahan
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Allahu Ekber Dagi Sehitligi
Historic Site
Allahu Ekber Dagi Sehitligi Sarikamis
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Kars

Kars Museum ©
History Museum
Kars Museum
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Kafkas Cephesi Harp Tarihi Muzesi ©
Military Museum
Kafkas Cephesi Harp Tarihi Muzesi
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Ekomuze Zavot
Specialty Museum
Ekomuze Zavot
2.8
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Kars

Kars Soguksu Tabiat Parki
National Park
Kars Soguksu Tabiat Parki
3.3
Duration: 8 hours

Places to visit with Kars