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Artvin City Centre
Surrounded by Ardahan, Erzurum, Rize and the Republic of Georgia, Artvin is located in the Eastern Black Sea Part of the Black Sea Region. Artvin is of great importance in terms of natural tourism thanks to its wide range of natural values such as snowy peaks of mountains, interesting style of wood architecture, green plateaus, intact and natural forests, crater lakes at the peaks of the high mountains, Çoruh Valley and canyons. Climbing to Kaçkar and Karçal Mountains, trekking in scenic beauties of several vicinities of the region, rafting and canoe sports on the Çoruh River and Barhal Stream reveal the potential tourist industry of the region. Several festivals are organized in Artvin and surrounding area. In these organizations, natural beauties, historical artefacts and alternative tourism areas of Artvin are introduced to the participants. Artvin is one of the places of which the best patterns of wood and stone architecture are found, local music and dance are appreciated by the audience, cuisine is various and advance samples of handcrafts, particularly woodworks, are manufactured.
Kafkasör Festival of Culture and Art
   The mostly interesting part of the festival organized traditionally in during the first week of the July of every year is bull fights. The bulls from the different parts of the city have been categorized according to the thickness of their necks and matched with each other to fight. In order not to hurt the bulls, some certain rules have been implemented since the inception of the bullfighting. During the fighting, if the bulls deemed weak withdraw from the arena, they are regarded as defeated and taken away from the special part of the arena by the persons concerned. Therefore, Caucasuser Bullfighting becomes a sport and festive event within its own rules. This bullfighting, which is performed in the sole “Bullfighting Arena” in Turkey and resume the social and cultural structure of the Artvin district, is unique in the world.
Salihbey Mosque
   Çayağzı Mosque is located in Çayağzı (Korzul) ward in the provincial centre of Artvin province. As it was built by Salih Bey, one of the flag officers of Livane (Artvin), in 1792 AD (1207 according to Muslim Calendar) according to its epigraph, it was named after him and it is also called Salihbey Mosque. It was renovated in 1980’s by Mosque Building Society and it is still used today as a mosque. A recently built narthex was added later. The Mosque, which is located on Öğretmen Okulu Street, was built over the basement and has the recently built narthex on the northern side, a minaret on the north-western corner, a historical fountain on the north-western side,  a recently built, two storey Quran Course Center on the western side and another fountain on the eastern side. Its design is approximately square-shaped and the exterior of the mosque is plain. One can easily understand that the mosque has a historical value upon seeing its exterior. However, the interior of the mosque has undergone a change to a great extent despite the efforts to preserve the original form of the mosque.
Balcıoğlu Mosque
   According to archives, Hasan Ağa had the Mosque built in place of the old mosque in 1921 (1340 according to Muslim calendar). Still open to worship, the construction was renovated in 1994-1995 by Regional Directorate of Foundations. Situated in Balcıoğlu district, the Mosque is surrounded by a Quran Course Center on the north-western corner; a fountain on the east; a hazire, with its tombs of various Ottoman royal family members on the west. Square shaped main space consists of a minaret on the north-west and an open narthex placed on four wooden beams. The construction is quite simple in terms of decoration. Today, it seems as if it was newly-built except for its stone minaret and mihrab, a niche showing the direction of qibla (direction of Mecca).
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