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Bitlis stands in a narrow stream valley, just in the middle of a green oasis. Due to its location, it is an important center for tobacco and honey production in eastern Turkey. A Byzantine castle with polygonal towers dominates the town. There are several mosques in the town, such as the Ulu Mosque of the 12th century and the Serefiye Mosque.
The city is surrounded by walnut trees, and if you are traveling through Bitlis in autumn, you will have the chance to buy some of these delicious nuts from the children who sell them by the highway. Local folk dances of Bitlis are also very famous. 25 kms northeast of the city, is the harbour town of Tatvan, from which there are passenger and train ferry connections across the lake to Van.
Mount Nemrut, is a perfect opportunity here for mountaineers and nature lovers (not to be mistaken with the magnificent mountain of the same name, which has giant statues on top). This is an inactive volcano with a deep, clear and cold crater lake, also having hot volcanic springs.