Bayburt, Turkey

Bayburt was once an important center on the ancient Silk Route and it was visited by Marco Polo and Turkish excursionist Evliya Celebi. The city welcomes you with the remains of its Byzantine Castle. There are several interesting mosques, Turkish baths and tombstones in the city as well as the Catalcesme Underground City and the natural wonder Sirakayalar Waterfall which are all attractive. The city deserves notice, although it has been designated as a province just recently.