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The largest city of Eastern Anatolia Region, Malatya offers delicious tastes with its rich cuisine. Famous fot its apricot, the city offers many tastes including apricot for you to try. Dried apricot roll-up, apricot jam, creamy apricot dessert and apricot marmalade are some of these tastes. Besides fresh apricot, you can buy dried apricots which you can find 4 seasons as a gift for your loved ones after your holiday in Malatya. Meat dishes also have an important place in Malatya cuisine and you should try kabuk asi, paper-clad kebab, meat brewis, diced lamb fried on iron plate, stufted eggplant and brewis potato. You can try all these Malatya-specific tastes in many restaurants at the city and turn your journey to Malatya into a pleasant gourmet holiday.
There are many places you can visit and explore while staying at the city centre of Malatya. If you want to get information especially on the history of city, you can start your journey from Arslantepe Mound. With still ongoing archaeological sites, the mound reveals that Malatya had hosted first city-state in Anatolia. You can see the tombs of kings, seals and sculptures remained from that city-state that existed between 5000 BC and 11th century AD… Known as Old Malatya, Battalgazi also features many historical structures you need to see. The most important one is Ulu Mosque. Built by Alaaddin Keykubat, the mosque is known to be constructed in 1224. City Walls (Malatya Castle) is one of the places you should see during your trip to Battalgazi. Also mentioned in Seyahâtname by Evliya Celebi, the walls had a length of 2850 meters in those years, however, only renovated part stands today.
Located at the junction point where trade and cultural exchanges had occurred throughout the history, Malatya stands out as a region that hosted many civilizations in the history thanks to this quality. Among the important cities one should see with its green nature, the city dates back to Hittites. Hittite Palace in Arslantepe Hill Town that is located 7 km to the city centre of Malatya brings light to the history of the region. Bearing the footsteps of Kingdom of Carchemish, Mitanni, Hurrians, Assyrians, Medes and Persians after Hittites, the city features many historical places and artefacts remained from those periods. Also came under the domination of Kingdom of Macedonia, Commagene Kingdom, Pontus Empire and Roman Empire after Persians, Malatya promises a lot to explore in terms of history and culture thanks to the civilizations it had featured.
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