An Anatolian province surrounded by mountains exhibiting a majestic view, Tunceli is a land with untouched natural beauties and an area of rocky steep cliffs displaying a wild appearance. This province with its peculiar characteristics lies 133 kilometers (83 miles) north of Elazig.
Known as "Dersim" in the old times, meaning "Silver Gate" in Persian language, Tunceli has followed a similar historical evolution as other cities of Eastern Anatolia. Beginning around 2200 BC with the Hurrians and Urartians, it changed hands among Persians, Romans, Byzantines and in 1473 the Ottomans. Today it is a modern province with traces from these periods.
One important ruin is the fortress of Pertek, outside the city, on the road to Elazig. It was built in the Middle Ages and is a place to be explored by sightseers. Mazgirt fortress and several old bridges are other historical places around Tunceli.
Another beautiful spot nearby is the Munzur Valley National Park with its wide natural resources. It is possible to make use of the curative properties of its mineral springs, while the streams are filled with trout, providing opportunities for fishing. This site is also an ideal destination for mountaineers and the whole park possesses a wonderful scenery that will amaze nature lovers with its vegetation. The highest peak in Munzur is Akbaba, touching 3463 meters (11361 feet).