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    The city walls

    by dabuwan Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    One of the four main gates through the city walls

    The massive medieval walls encircling the city are the top attraction of Diyarbakir.
    They are made of black basalt and are very well preseved. Though the original walls had been probably built by the Romans, the actual ones date back to the early Byzantine period.
    Because of their length (5.5 kms) and good preservation, the Diyarbakir city walls are credited to be second in the world, just after the Chinese Great Wall.

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    River Tigri

    by dabuwan Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    River Tigri

    The river Tigri borders Diyarbakir and it is of vital importance for the city and for the whole region.
    In contrast with the surrounding semi-desertic landscapes, the gardens along the river are very green and lush.
    The watermelons that are grown here reach 40 kg of weight and are famous through the whole country

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    Cahit Sitki Taranci Museum

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    The courtyard

    The poet Cahit Sitki Taranci was born (1910) in an old Diyarbakir house from 1820. As many of the old Diyarbakir houses from the Ottoman period it is made of black basalt. The house was divided into men's quarters and women's quarters, into summer- and winter quarters. The house is built around a very nice courtyard. In the museum there is an exhibition of the poets life and work.

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    Esma Ocak Evi

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    The courtyard

    Another beautiful old Diyarbakir house is Esma Ocak Evi. The house is striped in white and dark grey. In the rooms around the courtyard there is less to see than at Cahit Sitki Taranci Museum, but it is still worth a visit and has got a beautiful architecture.

    The house is just off Yenicapi Caddesi and is easy to pass, as there are no signs. When I came there the caretaker was showing a small group around and I walked around on my own. There is no entrance fee, but the caretaker expects a tip. I gave 2 000 000 TL, as that is the price for foreigners at many museums in Turkish towns. The caretaker did not think that was enough.

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    ulu camii,a "syrian" mosque...

    by cbeaujean Written Feb 25, 2003

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    ulu camii

    this mosque is built around a yard,as in syria and arab countries,(same plan as omeyyades mosque in damas),unlike turkish mosques,covered with a dome...
    was,in fact,the ancient syrian cathedral st tomas ,becoming mosque after islamic conquest.it's the reason why we find a lot of corinthian columns.

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    On Gözlu Köprü

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    Ten-eyed Bridge

    If you walk south from the Mardin Gate and pass Gazi Köskü you will after another km come to the bridge On Gözlu Köprüsü (Ten-Eyed Bridge). It is a bridge from the 11th century crossing the Tigris.
    I did not walk that far but only saw it from the road to Gazi Köskü - I had walked enough for a while.

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    The City Walls

    by MalenaN Written Jul 20, 2004

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    The wall going round Diyarbakir is impressive. It is almost 6 km long (only the chines wall is longer and bigger) and it is built of black basalt. The present wall is from early Byzantine time but was improved by the Seljucs.

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    The wall at night

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    The city wall

    At night the walls are lighted up and they look very beautiful and impressive.
    During the evening families and old and young people are visiting the parks by the wall. It's a nice place to go for a
    walk at.

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    The Ten-eyed Bridge.

    by Askla Updated Jul 3, 2014

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    The Ten-eyed Bridge was constructed in 1065. It then replaced an earlier bridge.
    Two lines in Kufic script states that it was built by order of Nizamüddin and Müeyyidüddevle during the Kurdish dynasti which lasted from 990 until 1085, and that the architecht was Sancaroğlu Ubeydoğlu Yusuf. The bridge consists of ten arches hence the name On Gözlü Köprü in Turkish, or Pira Dehderi in Kurdish. It is also known as Dicle Köprüsü since Dicle is the Turkish name of Tigris which the bridge spans.
    It sits about 2-3 km south of of Mardin Gate.

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    Nebi Camii

    by MM212 Updated Mar 29, 2014

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    Nebi Camii, Dec 2012

    The first intramural mosque to greet the visitor from the northern city gate (Dağkapı) is known by its Arabic name, Nebi Camii (جامع النبي), or Mosque of the Prophet. It is sometimes referred to by its Turkish translation "Peygamber Camii". The mosque dates from the 15th century, during the Ak Koyunlu period ("White Sheep" Turkmen tribal federation), just before the Ottoman conquest. It was built in the typical local style (ablaq or أبلق) with alternating black and white stones, a single octagonal dome. The square minaret is of a later, early Ottoman-period construction, built in 1530 by a local butcher named Haji Hussein in the traditional style (unlike the typical Ottoman pencil-style), and is decorated with beautiful Arabic calligraphy. In later Ottoman times, the short pointed top was added, giving the minaret a more Ottoman flavour.

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    Ula Camii

    by terrycowan Written Nov 3, 2006

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    This is the oldest mosque in Diyarbakir. It was constructed with the stones from the demolished Orthodox Cathedral. The interior is somewhat different in style than most mosques (similar to the Ula Camii in Mardin). Beware of Ahmed. He will want to take you to his uncle's carpet shop.

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    Mardin Gate (Mardin Kapı)

    by MM212 Updated Apr 4, 2014

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    Mardin Kapı, Dec 2012

    The southern gate of Diyarbakır is named after Mardin, the city towards which it leads. It is also known in Arabic as Bab el-Tel (Hill Gate). It marks the end of Gazi Caddesi, the Roman Cardo Maximus. I only saw it from inside the walled city, as in the attached photograph. The part of the wall that connects Mardin Gate with Urfa Gate in the west is the best preserved part of the ancient wall, and about 3km south of the Mardin Gate lies the 11th century 10-arched bridge that crosses the Tigris River.

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    Meryama Kilesesi (Church of the Virgin Mary)

    by terrycowan Written Nov 3, 2006

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    One of the oldest functioning churches in the world--from 397 AD or so. Have good directions first. The church compound is hidden behind a wall, with only a nameplate for identification. There are 3 families of Suriani Orthodox Christians remaining in the city. We arrived late in the day (6 PM or so) and were consequently able to stay for part of their Vespers service--in Aramaic, no less. The single icon in the church is of St. Ephraim.

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  • The Great mosque (Kurdish)

    by STARS_731 Written Oct 7, 2009

    Diyarbakir is the cultural capital of the Kurds of Turkey... or maybe, all the Kurds in general

    this city was part of the Assyrians (christians), after of it, Kurds got it... but, now it belongs to Turkey

    this mosque don´t look like a Ottoman mosque... it looks mor elike a Syrian mosque... it was a Syrian orthodox church in the past, and converted in a mosque during the islamization of these places

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    Surp Giragos Armenian Orthodox Church

    by MM212 Updated Mar 29, 2014
    Surp Giragos, interior, Dec 2012
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    Located in the heart of the old city, close to the intersection between the cardo maximus and decumanus maximus of the Roman period, the Armenian Orthodox Church of Surp Giragos is the largest Western Armenian church and one of the most important. Its history goes back many centuries, when an Armenian cemetery was located on this very land. A family built a small chapel in the cemetery in 1376 and dedicated it to Saints Cyriacus and Julietta, 3rd century martyrs known in Armenian as Giragos and Houghida. In 1722, the Ottomans relocated all Moslem and Christian cemeteries extra-muros to make more room for construction and the Armenian community took this opportunity to replace the small chapel with a much larger church dedicated to the same saints. The Armenians had lost their main cathedral dedicated to St Theodore (Surp Toros) shortly after the Ottoman conquest, some two centuries earlier, and saw it replaced by a mosque that is still extant to this day, named Fatih Pacha Mosque (also known as Kurşunlu Camii). Unfortunately, the new cathedral was partially destroyed in a fire in 1880, but was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged in the process. Its bell tower was struck by lightning in 1913 and was swiftly replaced by a new Gothic tower that became the tallest structure in the city. It was again destroyed during the sad events of WWI when the once large and prosperous Armenian community, making up to 20% of the population of Diyarbakir, was led to near extinction. During the war, the Church was used by the German army as a command centre, and after the war it became a warehouse. The structure fell into decay over the years and even lost its roof until it was restored and returned to its former glory in 2011 by the Armenian diaspora, a great step forward towards reconciliation.

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