2 OCTOBER 2020
ŞANLIURFA and GÖBEKLİ TEPE
Şanlıurfa is known as Prophets’ city and Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) center and the 7th biggest metropolitan city in Turkey. Şanlıurfa is a developing city and faith centeer with its history, culture and the face of modern, museums, holy fishery lake and mosques.
Göbeklitepe is the oldest and biggest praying center in the history. Göbeklitepe is in the UNESCO World Heritage List and its age is known about 12 000 years. Göbeklitepe is far away about 20 km and placed at the northern east of Şanlıurfa, its diameter and hight are 300 m and 15 m, respecteively.
08.00 – 18.00
2 OCTOBER 2020
HASANKEYF and MARDİN
Hasankeyf is an ancient city, located on the shores of the Tigris River in the Batman province of southeastern Turkey. It was a strategic spot on the route from Upper Mesopotamia to Anatolia and a staging point on the Silk Road. The area of Hasankeyf is threatened with disappearance due to the Ilısu Dam construction project. Because of its strategic situation on a naturally protected rock 100 meters above the Tigris Valley, Hasankeyf – long known simply as “The Rock” – served as a defensive outpost for the Romans and became a fortified city during the reign of Constantine The Great.
The shining city of Mesopotamia, the city where calls to prayer echo with church bell sounds, a timeless poetic city created by the delicate spirit of the mason’s hands that gave form to its stones. Mardin is one of the oldest cities of upper Mesopotamia, located in Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The city lived under the rule of the Hurri-Mitani, Hittites, Surs, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Arabs and the Seljuk Turks. Later, the Mardin branch of the Artuklu Kingdom called “Tabaka Ilgaziyye” was established and the city flourished during this time. The fortress, Kasimiye Medresse, Zinciriye Medresse and Grand Mosque are important historical sites around the city. Other historical assets in the area worth seeing include Dayrul-Zeferan Monastery and Harizm Medresse.