Diyarbakir Travel Guide

  • Somewhere in modern Diyarbakır, Dec 2012
    Somewhere in modern Diyarbakır, Dec...
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  • Diyarbakır, Dec 2012
    Diyarbakır, Dec 2012
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  • Modern Diyarbakır, Dec 2012
    Modern Diyarbakır, Dec 2012
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Diyarbakir Highlights

  • Pro
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     city walls,hidden churches,mosques...and water melons! 

  • Con
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     at first glimpse,not an attractive city 

  • In a nutshell
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     take the time for discovering it... 

Diyarbakir Things to Do

  • The Great Mosque of Diyarbakır

    Although the Walls of Diyarbakır are the city's most famous architectural feature, I would say its Great Mosque (Ulu Camii in Turkish) is probably its most important. It sits on a site used for worship for thousands of years, but such is the story of many of the great cities in the Middle East (think Aleppo and Damascus). Presumably, there was...

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  • Ulu Camii - Interior

    The interior of the Great Mosque (Ulu Camii) of Diyarbakır recently underwent a successful restoration that brought it back to its former glory. It is a rectangular hall, measuring 75x47 metres, with a central nave containing the mihrab (prayer niche) in the direction of Mecca due south. The central nave is flanked by two wings, each of which...

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  • Ulu Camii - Courtyard

    The Courtyard of the Great Mosque of Diyarbakır (Ulu Camii) contains some of the most astonishing architectural features of the structure. It is accessed through three entrances, the main one is an archway on the eastern side connecting the Old City's main square on Gazi Caddesi (the former Roman Forum) with the courtyard. Flanking the archway...

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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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  • Mardin Gate (Mardin Kapı)

    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...

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  • Iç Kale - Museums & Saint George Church

    What is known as the inner citadel lies beyond the Artukid Arch and was the complex where the government and ruling elite resided during the long history of the city. It is also the site of the original pre-Classical settlement of Amida, where archaeological excavation have uncovered evidence of continuous settlement going back to 3700 BC. Several...

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  • Saraykapı (Palace Gate)

    As its name indicates, this gate leads into Iç Kale, the Citadel. It is one of two entry points into the citadel, which provided the ruling elite with additional protection from external invasions and probably also local city revolts.

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  • Dağkapı (Bab el-Armen)

    The northern gate of the walled city of Diyarbakır is nowadays known as Dağkapı or Mountain Gate. The original name of the gate in Arabic was Bab el-Armen (باب الأرمن) or Gate of the Armenians, which was naturally changed by the authorities following the expulsion of the Armenian...

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  • The Tigris

    Though barely visible from Diyarbakır, the Tigris River does flow right east of the city before making its way down all the way to the Arabo-Persian Gulf. This puts the city definitively within Mesopotamia, both geographically and culturally speaking. The River is what allowed civilisation and agriculture to develop in Diyarbakır since...

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Diyarbakir Restaurants

  • 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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  • jonturk's Restaurant Tip

    WHAT TO EAT Especially famous for its Water Melon of enourmous sizes , Diyarbakýr is very rich in terms of its cuisine.Liver kebab sold on counters of the shops during the late hours of the night known as cartlak kebab, is one of the traditional meals of region.Kibebumbar, the richest meal of Diyarbakýr, cooked by the mixture of tripe and...

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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

  • Airport and distance from City centre

    The airport is just 3 KL from city centre,when you land just walk to the city do not take taxi, they will charge 3 to 4 times more than the average price.walk through Havali mani Cd.Then you can take taxi or public bus.

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  • From Diyarbakir to Mardin

    When I said at Otel Balkar that I was going to Mardin they called the dolmush and it picked me up at the hotel. Before leaving Diyarbakir the minibus was going around the city for another 30 – 40 minutes, to the university, to the minibus terminal etc.When we left the city the bus ride took another 1,5 hours to Mardin. Arriving in Mardin we first...

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  • From Diyarbakir to Hasankeyf

    As I stayed one day longer in Diyarbakir than planed I and Charlotte (chauncenetta) went together to Hasankeyf. There is no need to buy the tickets in advance. We went to the bus office near Harput Kapisi and waited for the next bus to Batman. To Batman it was 4 000 000 TL and it took about 1,5 hours. At the otogar (bus station) in Batman we had no...

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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

  • 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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  • Beware of the children!

    There are many children on the streets of D.Bakir, especially around the walls. They are traing to rob you or to beat you. They are very agresive. Fortunatelly police and common people are very helpful.

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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

  • Roman Amida

    Though Diyarbakır was a great city in Roman times, when it was known by its ancient name Amida, very little of that era is obvious at first. But if you kept an open eye, you could see many clues scattered around. The most obvious are the formidable city walls which have Roman foundations (beneath subsequent reinforcements) and many Roman...

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  • Local people (2)

    If you're male, local bars are a very good occasione to meet local people and learn a lot about this country.If you can speak even just a couple of words in Kurdish, it will immensely appreciated and rewarded by the locals.

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  • Local people (1)

    The majority of Diyarbakir population is Kurdish and there have been a few troubles in the last decades due to the activity of some separatist groups and the repression by the Turkish government. When I visited, the presence of Military Police around town was noticeable.I believe now the situation is pretty calm and Diyarbakir is an ideal place to...

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