BAKSI MUSEUM
What Should I See ?
THE TÜRBE (TOMB) OF AHİ EMİR AHMED-İ ZENCANİ
This is a vault built in the early 13th century. The tomb of Ahmed Zencani is important in the history of Bayburt's ahis and tradesmen, but in 1997 it was over-renewed in a botched restoration. The vault is octagonal and contains a square burial chamber. The pyramidal roof has been destroyed.
BAYBURT CITADEL
Despite having undergone an exceedingly unsuccessful restoration, the Bayburt Citadel is the best thing to see in the city of Bayburt. It rises on top of a steep hill in the northern part of the city, and dates back to the Urartu Kingdom (900-600 BC). The Bayburt Citadel stands as a witness to the city's rich history, and is mentioned both by Marco Polo and in the tales of Dede Korkut. Until recently the walls boasted marvelous tiles, but where these once gleamed there are now only hollow gaps.

THE ÇIMAĞIL CAVE
35 km from the city in the village of Aşağı Çımağıl, this cave is roughly 600 meters long. It boasts fascinating stalactites and stalagmites plus a feast of colors and shapes, and has 5 sections which can be visited: the Great Hall, the Cream Room, the Little Room, the Room of Ghosts, and the Blue Room.
THE MT KOP CENTER FOR WINTER SPORTS AND SKIING
It lies 39 km from the city on the Bayburt-Erzurum highway. Winters in the region are long and heavy, so skiing is possible during two thirds of the year. The peak of the center is at an altitude of 2950 meters. There are 70 teleski hangings for a total of 1300 meters. The two star ski lodge sleeps 110.
SIRAKAYALAR FALLS
These waterfalls are in the village of Sırrakayalar, which is reached by turning off the Bayburt-Erzurum highway at the 6th kilometer and driving 16 km further. Used in the summer as a recreation area, the falls offer a scenic view in the heart of nature.
THE VILLAGE OF SNAKES
25 km from the city, the village of Kırkpınar each year welcomes a host of visitors who come for the snakes, which are believed to have healing power. They are thought to cure erysipelas, psoriasis, Behçet's disease, rheumatism and aching joints, and make their appearance only in the months of May and June, after which they disappear. The snakes are kept in special earthenware containers.

 

Source: City of Culture Castle: Bayburt, Bayburt publication of Science Education and Culture Association, March 2011