The settlement is cited as "Hesna Kepha" in Syriac sources while it is known as "Hisn Kayfa" in Arabic ,which means "rock fortress".For the phonetical reasons now its called "hasankeyf"which can be translated like "the joy of Hasan" but it has nothing to do with Hasan.This city was the capital of Artuklu Selcuk ( artutids) .(1102-1232 AC) The...more
A new steel bridge was built in the past century to link the northern and southern banks of the Tigris. It provides an interesting contrast to the ruins of the mediaeval bridge to its side. Any visitor to Hasankeyf will have to cross this modern bridge to visit the sites on either side of the river, but if you have a chance, stop on the bridge for...more
Built in 1473 AD, during the brief rule by the Turkomen Ak Koyunlu, this cylindrical, domed mausoleum contains the tomb of a certain Zeynel Bey, who was killed in battle nearby. The design is typical for this period, but in lands further east, namely Persia. It is the only such example in the whole of Anatolia, which is known for its more austere...more
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