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Bayburt

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Bayburt is a city in northeast Turkey lying on the Çoruh River, and is the provincial capital of Bayburt Province.Bayburt was once an important center on the ancient Silk Road and it was visited by Marco Polo and Turkish excursionist Evliya Celebi. Remains of its medieval castle still exist. There are several historical mosques, Turkish baths (Hamams) and tombstones in the city and ancient historical cites such as the Çatalçeşme Underground Complex and the natural wonders like Sirakayalar Waterfall in the other parts of the province.HistoryBayburt was originally founded by the Azzi people. Groups who subsequently either settled in the area or dominated it include the Cimmerians in the 8th century BC, then in the 7th century BC the Medes, followed by the Persians, the Pontic Empire, the Roman, the Byzantines, the Bagratuni Armenian Kingdom, the Seljuk, Aq Qoyunlu, briefly Safavid and eventually under Ottoman.
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