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Kafkasör Festival of Culture and Art

   The mostly interesting part of the festival organized traditionally in during the first week of the July of every year is bull fights. The bulls from the different parts of the city have been categorized according to the thickness of their necks and matched with each other to fight. In order not to hurt the bulls, some certain rules have been implemented since the inception of the bullfighting. During the fighting, if the bulls deemed weak withdraw from the arena, they are regarded as defeated and taken away from the special part of the arena by the persons concerned. Therefore, Caucasuser Bullfighting becomes a sport and festive event within its own rules. This bullfighting, which is performed in the sole “Bullfighting Arena” in Turkey and resume the social and cultural structure of the Artvin district, is unique in the world.

Irsa plateau
The plateau which is 35 km. away from city centre, is commonly used by Erenler (İrsa) Villager
Artvin Culture House
According to its epigraph, the house was built in 1799 and its owner was Bicanoğlu Yahya Ağa. The structure which is a masterpiece of Ottoman-Turkish architecure was recorded as “ a mansion with a garden” in the notices of Ottoman land registers. Beautiful examples of carving and engraving can be seen in the house. The cypress tree motifs on the right and the left of the fireplace have a special meaning in Turkish culture. When we analyse the Turkish culture from the past to the present, it can be seen that tree motifs have been used often in the similar ways. The cypress tree motifs which symbolize the tree of life were used in the tiles, tombstones, rugs, fountains etc. by Ottoman craftsmen. The resemblance of cypress tree to the minarets is also a reason why it was used often in the Ottomans. The restoration and the garden design of the Culture House were made and now it is a place where you can taste local dishes. The Culture House is 3 km away from the Artvin City Centre. You can go there on foot –it takes about 10 minutes-  or you can use public transportation and then walk 500 metres to reach there.
İşhan Church
   It is located in Yusufeli’s İşhan village. According to a manuscript dated to 951, the Church was built by Priest Seba, nephew and student of Priest Khandzda (759- 861), with support and help of King Andernese. Construction of the Monastery was started in 955 during the reign of Georgian King David, and finished by Baratian King Magistros in 1027. The Virgin Marry Chapel is found at the southwest of the Monastery.
Küre Cemetery (Protected Historical Area)
The war cemetery was constructed for the memorial of Lieutenant Mehmet Rüştü Bey and the privates Aki AKAN and Hasan VANOĞLU who are the martyrs of the First World War.
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