With its spectacular mountains, the unique V-shaped valley, dazzling Çoruh River and relics of old Georgian culture, Artvin is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you are into authentic old Turkish houses, mesmerizing nature, antique churches, and mosques, then you do have to visit Artvin. You can also try out white-water rafting on the wild Çoruh River! So, if you want to visit Artvin, here is your guide!
Hatila Valley, a branch of the River Çoruh in Eastern Black Sea Region, represents all features of Colchis Flora! In here, you can check out many different rock types along the valley, which are the product of volcanism depth! With its unique “V” shaped and beautiful waterfalls, this valley is heaven on earth. The valley has a very rich and dense vegetative cover-up, and it accommodates a wide variety of endemic plant species. Hatila Valley contains a rich fauna as well! In here, you can get to see bears, boars, foxes, badgers, wild goats, martens, hawks, eagles, coyotes, and many more. You can visit it either on a day trip or stay overnight and camp. There are lots of tents, caravans, and facilities, all of them, of course, compatible with the natural environment. Keep in mind that it is only 10 km away from the center of Artvin!
Like a mystic a fairyland, the Maçahel Mosque will salute you with its lush green Karçal mountains sight, the sound of creeks, and of course the occasional fog in Maçahel village. The outside of this mosque is quite plain; however, the interior of it attracts the tourists' attention instantly! With an influence by the Georgian architecture and paintings, its antique french doors and incredible woodwork, make the place a must-visit. Even though the building's date is unknown, based on a written warrant, the locals say that the mosque was built before 1819. Sadly, the mosque collapsed in 1855, but thanks to villagers, wood donations and the craftsmen from Arhavi, the mosque was restored. The Maçahel mosque is still open to the public, and it is used for the Friday prayers.
Just about 17 kilometers away from the Ardanuç village, you will reach the 10th or 11th-century Georgian Yeni Rabat church. This abandoned church is exquisitely sited on a tree-shaded, grassy platform overlooking a mystic emerald-green valley. Although it is very dangerous in wet conditions, in good weather, you're strongly advised to come here and witness the great glory of this haunted-looking ancient church.
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