Culture and Tourism

Floating Island

Floating Island, located on Aksakal Lake Field of Hazerşah Village in Solhan County, can be reached by Hazerşah Village’s road, which is turning to north on approximately 65.km of BingölSolhan-Muş main road. Floating Island is discovered by local people and has a unique natural beauty. Floating Island is completely natural and located on a plain that surrounded by mountains and hills on its three sides. There are three completely separate islands on the lake and each of them are motile. With its great nature, extraordinary view and fresh air indigenous to Bingöl uplands Floating Island is not just a picnic site, it is a must-see place in entire region.

Sunrise on Kala Hill

As a part of Bingöl Mountains and with its 3250m height, you can reach to its falls by road. Especially from 15th of July to 15th of August in every year, significant numbers of domestic and foreign tourists visit the hill, where they can watch sunrise.

On this hill, sun makes people feel unusual emotions when it starts to rise. Appearing as a glow at first, the sun makes a colourful harmony from darkness to ember untill it is fully formed and arouses feelings like fear, thrill, enthusiasm, astonishment and admiration. Not just for the sunrise as an unique and fascinating natural event, also for its natural beauty Kala Hill is a must-see place of the region.

Çir Fall

8km to Ilıcalar town in central, Çır Fall has an impressive natural beauty by its appearance. The area—with Big Çır Rock in it—has rocky terrains and natural caves, where birds of prey live. The area also gains importance as a wildlife area.

Zağ Caves

Zağ Caves can be reached by Gökçeli-Kuşburnu Village’s road, which is on approximately 18.km of Bingöl-Solhan-Muş main road. Zağ Caves consist of rooms that spread on front site of natural rocky mass. These rooms are artefactual, connected with stepped passages and multiplex. The caves are dated to 400BC.—Early Christian Era. In this era, Zağ Caves were a living space and a prayer place for Christian communities that were under pressure of Roman Empire. From the first room in lower floor by following stepped passages and staircases you can reach to top floor. Including lower floor, the caves have a total of five floors. Some of rooms have been coated with cube shaped pits carved into base of bedrock, which are used as grain and liquid storage. Some of the pits are also used as offering pits, and terraces can be seen in some rooms. From these, it is understood that some of the rooms were used as daily living place, some as kitchen/storage and some as prayer place.

Hesarek Ski Resort

Located in Dikme Village Hesarek Ski Resort, 34 km far from the Center of Bingöl, has 1600-1700 meters runway length. The resort consist of hotel building with 70 bed, ski-tow, chairlift, baby lift. Started to be in service in the end of the 2015, Hesarek Ski Resort has one of the longest ski season ski resorts in Turkey with 4-5 month ski season.

Yolçati (Şarge) Ski Resort

Yolçatı Ski Facilities are in Yolçatı(Şarge) Village, which is on 22.km of Bingöl-Elazığ main road. The facility’s ski track has approximately 950m length and 100m width. As well as having a great natural view, with its modern facilities—including accommodation, catering and recreation places—Yolçatı offers breathtaking beauties to its visitors.

Ilica (Kös) Thermal Springs

Ilıca Thermal Springs which are on Bingöl-Karlıova faultline are in Ilıcalar Town, on 20.km of Bingöl-Erzurum main road. The temperature of the thermal spring’s water is approximately 45°C. The Kös Thermal Springs, which is also an important spot for health tourism, host domestic and foreign guests all year round. Studies about chemical properties of thermal water were done by İstanbul University, İstanbul Technical University and Refik Saydam Sanitation Center. It was stated that the thermal water can be helpful in treatment of bone diseases, tooth decay, gastroenteritis, urinary tract diseases, neurological diseases, gout, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, gynaecological diseases and lack of fluorine due to nutrition. Facilities on thermal springs have 60 beds, a 600 people capacity restaurant, a meeting hall and a cafeteria.

Bingöl University Practice Hotel And Thermal Facilities

Being put into service by Bingöl University in 15.01.2014, Bingöl University Practice Hotel and Thermal Facilities have 18 rooms, 2 VIP pool for men and women, 4 thermal pool, 2 steam baths, and 2 sweat rooms.

Kiği School/Stone School

In Kiğı County, built in 911, Kiğı School has a front wall built of cut stones, side walls were builtup from rubble stones and a square-like shape. Being one of the unique examples of late Ottoman and early Republican period architecture, Kiğı school is now being used as a residence.

Urartu Path

The Path is on 34.km of Bingöl-Elazığ main road, 100m east of provincial sign and on wide plains

in south of Bingöl-Elazığ main road. The part of Urartu Path in Bingöl is the most well-preserved and the most observable part of the whole path. The Path—with approximate 5.40m width—lies on a route through Karakoçan-Palu Harput and reaches to Malatya. If you happen to pass by Bingöl, Urartian Path- will take you to ancient ages where you can be a witness of footprints of history.

Kiği(Pilten Bey) Mosque

The mosque is county’s one of the most beautiful examples reflecting Islamic era. It was built in 1402, by Aq Qoyunlu. According to recordings, the mosque was fixed by Hadji Hasan due to crumbling of its minaret and rebuilt by Pilten Bey—son of Pir Ali Bey. Therefore, the mosque, with its single minaret and minaret balcony, is named after Pilten Bey.

Bağlarpinari(Temran) Mosque

The mosque is in Bağlarpınarı(Temran) Village of Adaklı county. It was built in 1804 by governor of Kiğı-Temran sanjak Brigadier Mehmet Bey. Mosque’s original wooden minaret with its stone stairs stands in front of mosque cortyard’s enterance and a new minaret made of cut stone was built later on. Having a flat roof covered with bended plate rather than having a dome and having an entrance on the middle of a deep arch that fitted on a profiled springer reflects Islamic-era architecture. Patterns like tree of life, flowers in a jug/vase and sun disks on cists in mosque cortyard and gravestones in graveyard next to the mosque reflects Aq Qoyunlus and Qara Qoyunlus domination in region.

Azizan War Cemetery

In Sudurağı village on Bingöl-Karlıova road, Azizan War Cemetery was built in memory of martyrs in WWI. The cemetery is surrounded by wall with an enterance in north and has a plate on its front wall saying: “Respect to the martyrs of 1916.

Square Of Honour War Cemetery

It is located approximately at 40.km of Bingöl-Solhan road. The monument, rising on a 50x50m site, was built in memory of martyrs in WWI. From this area, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk commanded the battle as 16. Corps Commander.

Mürsel Pasha Monument

It is located approximately at 30.km of Bingöl-Kiğı road, in Çanakçı village. The monument -built in memory of martyrs in WWI- rising on cut stone rectangles and bedplates, is 4m high.