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Ishak Pasha Palace and Mt. Ararat
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Ishak Pasha Palace and Mt. Ararat, Turkey

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Prepare to be amazed by this drone video of a famous castle and an even more famous mountain in eastern Turkey, compliments of contributor Iskenderfilm.  Ishak Pasha Palace is a castle in the Ağrı Province, which lies near the country's borders with Armenia and Iran.  The palace was completed in the late 18th century, construction having started in the 17th.  The semi-ruined edifice lies in the shadow of Mt. Ararat, Turkey's highest peak and the purported resting place of Noah's Ark.  

Shamiram: Ancient Canal
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Turkey's Ancient Shamarim Canal

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Among the many historical treasures of Eastern Turkey is the Shamiram Canal, which was once also known as the Menua Canal.  Located a short distance to the east of the provincial capital Van, the canal predates the Roman aquaducts by centuries.  It was constructed in the 8th century BC on the orders of the king of Uartu, an ancient kingdom in what is now the region of Eastern Anatolia.  Contributor Skaty brings us this marvelous aerial view of this marvel of early hydro-engineering.  

Ezurum: Çifte Minareli Medrese
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Çifte Minareli Medrese from Above

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Turkey Home submitted this beautiful drone videos of one of the most iconic sites in eastern Turkey.  Çifte Minareli Medrese is a 13th century school in the city of Ezurum, which is the capital of the province of the same name.  It lies towards the northeastern corner of the Eastern Anatolian region, just west of the province of Kars.  The school, which is associated with the daughter of a Sultan, is well recognized for its dual "minarets" which dominate its facade. 

Castle on Lake Van
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Urartian Castle Van Castle

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Contributor FlyONE created this stunning drone video of the Van Fortress, a massive fortification just east of Turkey's Lake Van in its Eastern Anatolian region.  The fortress was built during the 9th-7th centuries BC by the Urartu kingdom, an ancient kingdom which sprung up in the area around Lake Van.  The Urartu kingdom went into decline and was conquered by Persia, following which it became part of the kingdom of Armenia.  The fortress continued to be used by successive occupiers of the region.  

Van Province: Hosap Castle
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Hosap Castle Van Turkey

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Hosap Castle was an important element of rule of eastern Anatolia by Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire.  It is situated in Van province, southeast of the provincial capital city of Van which lies on the eastern shore of Lake Van.  Hosap Castle was built in the 17th century by an Ottoman governor who was responsible for this region of the great empire.  FlyONE used a drone to create this amazing aerial view of this impressive looking and formidable medieval castle.  

Mardin: Ancient City of SE Turkey
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Mardin (Heritage City)

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Contributor jesus_tr used a DJI Spark drone to create this stunning aerial video of Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey.  Mardin is the capital of the province of the same name, in Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia region.  The city lies just a short distance north of the Syrian border.  The city has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was part of two different Assyrian empires.  Most of its prominent architecture dates to its time under a Turkmen dynasty in the 11th-12th centuries.

Lake Van's Horses
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Horses on the Beach of Lake Van, Turkey

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FlyONE used a drone to create this epic video of horses riding along the shore of Turkey's largest lake.  Lake Van lies in the country's Eastern Anatolian region, not far from the border with Iran.  The lake covers almost 3.8k square km (just under 1.5k square mi), with a maximum depth of 450 meters (just under 1.5k ft).  It is one of the largest saltwater lakes in the world.  The lake's unique structural features have led to its being closely studied by geologists around the world.

Turkey's Kemalye Canyon
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Dark Canyon ( Kemaliye )

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Although it goes by different names, Turkey's Kemalye Canyon is definitely on the top five lists of many of the world's canyon-rankers.  Carved out by a major subsidiary of the Euphrates River (one of the ancient world's most important waterways), the canyon runs through a portion of Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region.  Alp Karagule filmed this marvel by drone.  When you watching this aerial video, you will appreciate the meaning of its name, which translates to "Dark Canyon".

Lake Van: Akdamar Island
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Van/Turkey Akdamar Island

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Contributor FlyONE created this beautiful drone video of a famous Armenian cathedral on Akdamar, an island in the enormous Lake Van of Eastern Turkey.  Akdamar is one of four islands in the lake, Turkey's largest and one of the largest lakes in the world having no outlet.  The Holy Cross Cathedral was built in the 9th century AD by the king of one of the Armenian provinces.  It had fallen into a near-ruined condition and was nearly demolished but was subsequently saved and then restored.  

Ancient Inscription of Xerxes
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Xerxes' Inscription: Van, Turkey

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Contributor FlyONE used a drone to create this amazing shot of an ancient incription by the Persian King Xerxes I.  Known as the XV Inscription, it's etched into a mountain near Lake Van in eastern Turkey.  It dates to the fifth century BC.  In the inscription, the king of the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire declared himself the King of Kings, as indeed he was: at the time, the Empire was the largest the world had ever known.  The words were written on a slate which been cleared by Xerxes' father, Darius I.

Ishak Pasha Palace
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Ishak Pasha Palace

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Ishak Palace is a 17th century castle in the Agri province of eastern Turkey.  The castle towers over the plains below it, with the peak of Mt. Ararat visible in the distance and beyond which lie the peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.  Contributor Flyone flew his drone around this magnificent structure, creating a highly compelling aerial view of a stunningly beautiful area which represents the crossroads of two critical regions: the Caucasus Mountains and the Middle East.

Aerial Tour of Kars Province
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Turkey's KARS Province - 4K

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Take a wintertime aerial tour of Turkey's Kars province, compliments of contributor and drone pilot jesus_tr.  Kars is one of the provinces in the northeastern part of Turkey, a mountainous region which borders Armenia and which is home to some of the best ski slopes in Turkey.  The video was shot as part of a trip on the Doğu Ekspresi, a train which runs about 1.3k km (around 800 mi.) from the Turkish capital Ankara to the city of Kars, the province's capital.  

Ishak Pasha Palace: Shadow of Ararat
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Mount Ararat and Ishak Pasha Palace

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Of all the magnificent sights of Turkey, one of the best is undoubtedly in its far eastern reaches, in the Ağrı Province.  Here lies the Ishak Pasha Palace, an Ottoman era landmark constructed during the 17th and 18th centuries.  Not only is the palace itself an incredible sight, but it lies in the shadow of Mt. Ararat, Turkey's highest mountain at 5.1k meters (around 16.9k ft.).  You can see this spectacular area of Eastern Anatolia in this amazing drone video by top contributor iskanderfilms.  

Express Train in Kars Province
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Eastern Express Train, Kars, Turkey

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Murat Turna created this highly cinematic drone video of an express train rolling through the countryside of eastern Turkey in the depths of winter.  It was shot in the Kars province, which lies in the far northeastern corner of the country, bordering Armenia.  The lands here bear the imprint of a number of different cultures; in ancient times Kars was part of the Kingdom of Armenia, which ruled over much of what is now modern-day Armenia and eastern Turkey in for about six centuries.

Van Province: Mountain Waterfall
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The Magnificent Fountain /Kanispi Çatak

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Here is an aerial video of an amazing sight in the eastern part of Turkey. It's a waterfall created by the opening of an underground river pouring forth from a mountain.  It's located near the town of Çatak, which lies just to the south of Lake Van in the Van province of Eastern Anatolia.  The video, which was created by contributor FlyONE, opens with an amazing shot over the dead-flat approaches to the mountain, which lies on the great Anatolian Plateau.  

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