Diyarbakir Travel Guide

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Diyarbakir Things to Do

  • Iç Kale - Artuklu Sarayı

    A castle, within the citadel (Iç Kale), within the walled city of Diyarbakır, the Artukid Palace (Artuklu Sarayı) is a royal palace built by the Artukid dynasty in the early 13th century. It is nowadays nothing but a mound of partially excavated rubble. It is in this palace during that period that al-Jazari, the famous Moslem Arab scholar...

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  • Iç Kale (Citadel of Diyarbakır)

    In the northeast corner of the walled city of Diyarbakır, by the waters of the Tigris, lies the Citadel. Upon the arrival of the Romans to the city, the Citadel was the only defensive part of town (the Romans subsequently built the outer walls around the whole city). The walls of the Citadel that are present today have been restored and...

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  • The Walls of Diyarbakır

    After the Great Wall of China, the Walls of Diyarbakır are the world's longest and best preserved mediaeval walls. They form an irregular circle and measure 5.5 kms in length, and contain 82 bastions and four gates (one at each cardinal point). The width of the wall ranges from 3 to 5 metres and the height from 8 to 12 metres - quite...

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  • The metal doors of the wall

    The walls of Diyarbakir are in teh tentative list of UNESCO.When walking around observing every gate and the details, I came across this door and took the picture. That wall deserves to be in the UNESCO list. Perhps in a near future it will be included.

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  • Dört Ayakli Minare - Four-legged...

    The Seyh Mutahhar Mosque was built in 1512. It's not a big attraction in itself but the free-standing minaret is worth a visit since it stands on four basalt pilars, about two m high. This is the only such construction in the whole of Anatolia.Unfortunately there were restoration works being carried out during the time of my visit, as seen on the...

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  • Dengbe Evi, kind of story telling.

    A group of elderly Kurdish men gathers everyday in the afternoon in a courtyard off Kilici Sokak, just north of Behrem Pasa Mosque. There they do what is called Dengbe Evi, a kind of story telling by singing. The songs are always about bygone days and seems to follow some certain patterns. Any of them can start or take over after another one, but...

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Diyarbakir Hotels

  • Hotel Seker

    Hotel Seker is a two star hotel which I choose only for its location close to the bus hub. The rooms...

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  • Hotel Dedeman Diyarbakir

    Hotel Dedeman Diyarbakir is nothing to write home about. It is just a modern tower with basic...

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  • Miroglu

    The Miraglu Hotel is a new, modern hotel, well situated in Diyarbakir. A mult-level shopping mall...

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Diyarbakir Restaurants

  • Salep, a beverage for gods!

    After you have seen the Four-legged Minaret just take the little street to the into the left. After a few metres there is a door on the left. If you enter here you can try a real taste sensation! I absolutely don't like warm/hot milk but I had to try the salep they had on offer since I recognised the name, I don't know from where. Salep consists of...

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  • Local kebabs

    I always try to eat with the locals when I travel in the Middle East and Diyarabakir was no exception. You will find numerous local kebab restaurants throughout the old and new city. I'm sure they are all quite good, but we chose this one because it was time to eat when we saw it. It is called Sedat Ustanın Yeri and is located on Gazi Caddesi,...

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  • Winter warmth!

    This is not a restaurant review… If visiting Diyarbakır in winter, you must try Sahlep. It is a thick, sweet milk drink with cinnamon that isn't only delicious, but warms you up in bitter cold weather. This is a tradition that exists in Syria as well. We found this vendor on Gazi Caddesi, the main thoroughfare in the walled city, close to the...

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Diyarbakir Nightlife

  • Drinking

    Mahya Kahve Evi (Mahya Coffee House), Dicle sokak 2a (In Ofis, just off the main street where buses run from bus station to city center), (mahyakahveevi@gmail.com). Open till late at night. This coffeehouse, name of which means "mosque lamp made of coloured glass", has over 70 varieties of coffee and a nice interior. The owners and customers are...

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  • There are many tee-gardens in...

    There are many tee-gardens in and around the old part of town. It is especially beautiful close to the Ulu Camii. A cinema shows American Actionfilms and Turkish love-tearjerkers.******************************************************************************** ***************************Es gibt viele Teegärten in und um der Altstadt. Besonders schön...

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  • Diyarbakir Hotels

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Diyarbakir Transportation

  • Diyarbakir Airport.

    Diyarbakir AIrport is situated just a few km outside the city centre. Flights are operated by Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Onur Air and Sun Express.There was a bus into town waiting outside the terminal building when I arrived. It was without any signs or whatsoever to tell if it was a shuttle or a regular bus. However the departure was some...

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  • Bus stations.

    The minibus station is called Ilce Otogar, or Ilce Garaji. It is just a few km outside the city walls. You can take minibus from Dag Kapi or along Kibris Caddesi to get there. It would cost 1 YTL as of April 2014.The main bus station is 14 km outside city centre, along the road to Sanliurfa. I don't know if any minibuses run this way so you'll...

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  • Bus hub.

    The northern gate, Dag Kapi, where Inönu Bulavari and Kibris Caddesi connect to Hz. Süleyman Caddesi, is the main hub for the city buses leaving or arriving the old city. It gets very crowded, too many buses at the same time at this restricted area. Every bus driver seems to believe he has to be in the front so everyone uses the horn FREQUENTLY to...

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Diyarbakir Shopping

  • Cheese, cottage cheese and tofu.

    When walking along the main street Gazi Caddesi southwards, after crossing Melik Ahmet Cd. I came to a cheese market on the right hand side of the street. Let's say I noticed it quite a bit in advance and so we don't have to talk more about the reason to that... ;=)I don't know if they were going to close or what reason it may have been but I was...

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  • Bazaar in old caravanserai.

    The bazaar is located in the 16th century Hasan Pasa caravanserai opposite to the Great Mosque (Ulu Camii). As I remember right now, there were mostly food stalls and not so much of carpet vendors since this part of Turkey is not yet a big tourist destination when it comes to westerners. But I did not spend much time in there. Tofu, spices,...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Diyarbakir Local Customs

  • Tea and coffe bar

    Mahya Kahve Evi (Mahya Coffee House), Dicle sokak 2a (In Ofis, just off the main street where buses run from bus station to city center), (mahyakahveevi@gmail.com). Open till late at night. This coffeehouse, name of which means "mosque lamp made of coloured glass", has over 70 varieties of coffee and a nice interior. The owners and customers are...

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  • Do's and Dont's

    Cultural Do’s and Don’ts Do:(U) Do be prepared for people to smoke in different venues.(U) Do expect that in many Kurdish households seating is arranged on the floor.(U) Do give women the opportunity to avoid physical contact with men. Handshakes between the sexes may be allowed; a two-handed handshake is especially welcoming.(U) Do be respectful...

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  • Tipping

    A tip for the waitress or taxidriver?In Afrin or Aleppo it is up to you to give tips to the waitress in a restaurant (if he/she was friendly and helpfull and the food was good of cours). They need the tips to live since the wage is very little.In bars and café's some people give a tip, others don't.The servers will appreciate it if you do.It is...

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Diyarbakir Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid Behrem Pasa Camii or get mugged!!

    Behrem Pasa Camii (camii is "mosque" in Turkish) was on my list of objects I wanted to try to see. But just less than ten metres outside the fence around the court some arsehole tried to mug me. He didn't manage, however, since he was far too clumsy. When approaching the mosque I had seen two boys, perhaps 12-14 years old, sitting on top of the...

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  • Bargaining or haggling

    Be aware that haggling down the price of any thing you buy,The seller,vendor mostly raise the price because the vendor knows very well the buyer will try to haggle it down. It is part of the culture,cloth,taking a taxi,souveniurs,even the hotel price...etc from 20% to 40%.Do your best ;)

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  • Beware, camera can be of a high price in...

    I was walking around the walls of Diyrbakir on a week day (10 am) when a young man between 18 and 22 wanted to grab and run with my camera. He did not manage but this is enough to ruin your stay in the place.FYI, the guy was wearing a black and white leather (or similar) jacket with a star on the back !

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Diyarbakir Tourist Traps

  • Language Time

    Be aware that Diyarbakir (Amed in Kurdish).Is the capital of Kurdish people so many speaks and use Kurdish in Their daily life.will be wise to learn and know some words befor you go since not every body speaks English.

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  • Language Time

    Be aware that Diyarbakir (Amed in Kurdish).Is the capital of Kurdish people so many speaks and use Kurdish in Their daily life.will be wise to learn and know some words befor you go since not every body speaks English.

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  • The Mosque of ULU , in former...

    The Mosque of ULU , in former times their has been celebrated the mess with moslem and christian peoples.

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Diyarbakir What to Pack

  • what to Pack

    Bear in mind that in winter it is cold,and in summer it is hot.so you will need a winter jacket etc.In summer you can wear shorts and T-shirts.also wear comfertable shoes.

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  • Packing List

    WHAT TO BUY Handiworks, bracelet made of woven straw, kiniþ necklace, pattens and shelves embroidered with silver are creations that are likely to be bought from Jeweleries. Hand made rugs and carpets are produced in villages. 

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Diyarbakir Off The Beaten Path

  • DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT 000...

    DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT 000 Wandering around Diyarbakýr Ramparts,000 Seeing Malabadi Bridge,000 Seeing Old Diyarbakýr Houses000 Visiting Cahit Sýtký Tarancý Archeology Museums,000 Eating kaburga meal at Selim Amca, drinking root of liquorice plant,000 Buying Diyarbakýr rush mat

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  • old bridge on tigre river

    5km from diyarbakir:after 1km on mardin road,turn left to birlis.built with big basaltic stones ,well bonded,this bridge has 10 arches of unequal spans....built in 512 and refurbished in 1065.

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  • Tigris

    Dont forget to visit the Tigris river nearby the center of town. In the evening, it's a great place to rest a little bit.

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Diyarbakir Favorites

  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Great hospitality.

    I encountered an absolutely great hospitality from the normal people (with the exception of course for the hooligang gang outside Behrem Pasa Mosque) at several occasions. Once when I was walking along Gazi Cd there came a man and said we had a good weather. Well, yes I had to agree to that. He introduced himself and asked if he might accompany me...

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  • Why I came here - not what you may...

    I went to Diyarbakir beause of a book! A novel. Its title is "The Love of Stones" by Tobias Hill. In one part of the book Diyarbakir, with its basalt walls and narrow winding lanes, is described in an interesting way. So after having read the book I decided I wanted to go there! It was a book that led to one of my most interesting journeys this...

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Dağkapı (Bab el-Arman)
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The Great Mosque of Diyarbakır
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Mardin Gate (Mardin Kapı)
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Iç Kale - Museums & Saint George Church
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Saraykapı (Palace Gate)
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The Tigris
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Cardo Maximus (Gazi Caddesi)
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Hazreti Süleyman Camii
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The Walled City
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New Diyarbakır, Outside The Walls
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Peynirciler Çarşısı
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Iç Kale - Aslanlı Çeşme
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Mar Petyun Keldani Kilisesi
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Behram Paşa Camii
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