Կարին) is a city in eastern Turkey. It is
the largest city in and the eponymous capital of Erzurum
Province. The city is situated 1757 meters (5766 feet)
above sea level. Erzurum had a population of 361,235 in the 2000 census,
increasing to 367,250 by 2010.
Erzurum, known as "The Rock" in NATO code, served as
NATO's southeastern-most air force post during the Cold War.
The city uses the double-headed Anatolian Seljuk Eagle as its
coat-of-arms, a motif based on the double-headed Byzantine Eagle that was a common symbol
and the Balkans
in the medieval period.
Erzurum has some of the finest winter sports
facilities in Turkey
and hosted the 2011 Winter Universiade.