The Red River

The Red River     the red river valley
Kızılırmak is the longest river of Turkey. It’s born in the east of the country and draws a big loop in central Anatolia before it rises northwards and flows into the Black Sea. Kzılırmak is approximately 1182 kilometers long and it’s named after the color of its waters. This river and its streams are one of the sources of Cappadocia’s wonderful scenery. The Hittites called it “Marassantia” and in the Graeco-Roman period its name was “Hallys”. The loop of this river is, along with other civilizations, the cradle of the Hittite Empire.

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