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Ilbey Hotel
Ilbey Hotel - dream vacation

Gazi Cd. Nailbey Mah. No.3Elazig

Park Dedeman Elazig
Park Dedeman Elazig - dream vacation

Akpinar Mah Ataturk Bulvari Kuluozturk Sok no 41Elazig

Hotel Kosk
Hotel Kosk - dream vacation

Yeni Mahalle Gazi Caddesi Muammer Corbacioglu sok. No:5 MerkezElazig

Ramada Elazig
Ramada Elazig - dream vacation

Sursuru Mah. Malatya Sok. No:5/AElazig

Akar Hotel
Akar Hotel - dream vacation

Icadiye mah. Hurriyet cad. No : 19/C ElazigElazig

Elazig Sirin Hotel
Elazig Sirin Hotel - dream vacation

Rizaiye Mah Izzetpasa Cad No 14 ElazigElazig

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Elazığ (pronounced ay-LAH-zuh) is a city in eastern Turkey.


A small city in eastern Turkey, Elazığ has a population of approximately 200,000 people. A city about 1,000 m (3,300 ft) above sea level, Elazığ is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers. While rapidly developing, it is a traditional town and is relatively conservative. Firat University is changing the culture of the city.

Nearby hilltop Harput forms the historic core of Elazığ. The modern city was started in the plains below during the rule of Ottoman sultan Abdülaziz (r. 1861–1876), and was coined Mamuretülaziz ("flourished by Aziz"). This was later shortened to Elaziz, out of which the current name derived.

Get in

By plane

There are few daily flights to and from Istanbul and Ankara.

By train

Direct trains (the Vangölü Express) run twice a week from Ankara to Elazig, taking 19 hours. There are couchettes and a sleeping car but no buffet. The main stops along the route are Kayseri, Sivas, and Malatya. This train continues to Tatvan (7 hours), with dolmus connections to Van. For details see Turkish railways website at tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr, but beware that the timetable and the online booking system give different days of running for this service. A high-speed line is under construction from Ankara eastwards. This will greatly reduce journey times when the first section to Sivas opens, perhaps in 2018.

The Firat Express runs daily between Elazig and Adana, taking 11 hours, via Malatya, Gölbaşı and Osmaniye.

By bus/minibus

From nearby Malatya, you can catch minibuses which depart from Doğu Garajı ("eastern bus stop") just off the intercity highway, northeast of city centre near a large roundabout at the end of Sivas Caddesi Street.

By boat

Those more adventurous and having more time to spare may prefer the remoter and slightly longer route from Malatya, via the towns of Battalgazi and Baskil and which involves taking a ferry when crossing the Karakaya Dam lake, at about the mid-way between Battalgazi and Baskil. There are ferries three times a day—at 7:30AM, 11AM, 3:30PM—from the harbour on the Battalgazi/Malatya side (and the return voyages from Baskil/Elazığ side at 8AM, 1PM, 5PM), but as the ferries depart as soon as their vehicular capacity is full (and do not wait for their schedule), show up at least half an hour before the scheduled departure. They also accept foot passengers. Crossing the dam lake takes around 20 minutes.

Get around

It is a small city and can be explored quite easily by foot. There are also numerous minibuses and city buses.


  • Harput. It is an amzing old city on top of a mountain with a stunning view of Elazığ and the surrounding areas.


Nargile cafes and the old covered market.




  • Deha Cafe. The coolest cafe/bar in the city.


  • Marathon Hotel. It is right in the city center and is a good deal for the money.


The area code for Elazığ is (+90) 424.

Go next

  • Kemaliye (locally known as Eğin) — about 3 hours away by buses to the northwest, Kemaliye is a fine old town on the Karasu River, a major tributary of the Euphrates, and is the base town for the adventure sports hotspot of the Karanlık Kanyon ("Dark Canyon").

City Maps Elazig Turkey

James McFee

City Maps Elazig Turkey is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Elazig adventure :)

Journey through Genocide: Stories of Survivors and the Dead

Raffy Boudjikanian

Powerful accounts by genocide survivors, a journalist seeking to bear witness to their pain. Darfuri refugee camps in Chad, Kigali in Rwanda, and the ruins of ancient villages in Turkey ― all visited by genocide, all still reeling in its wake. In Journey through Genocide, Raffy Boudjikanian travels to communities that have survived genocide to understand the legacy of this most terrible of crimes against humanity. In this era of ethnic and religious wars, mass displacements, and forced migrations, Boudjikanian looks back at three humanitarian crises. In Chad, meet families displaced by massacres in the Darfur region of neighbouring Sudan, their ordeal still raw. In Rwanda, meet a people struggling with justice and reconciliation. And in Turkey, explore what it means to still be afraid a century after the author’s own ancestors were caught in the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Clear-eyed and compassionate, Boudjikanian breathes life into horrors that too often seem remote.

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