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This remote city settled in a verdant oasis at the foot of a rocky peak with an imposing ninth century BC citadel overlooks the new and old parts of the town. Steps carved into the rock leading up to the Urartian fortress, halfway, inscriptions in cuneiform pay homage to Xerxes and inside are several Urartian royal rock tombs.  

In the old city the Ulu Mosque, Hüsrev Paşa Mosque, Kaya Çelebi Mosque and the İkiz Kümbet-Twin Mausoleums reflect the Seljuk and Ottoman architectural styles.