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 fence a little bit away from the entrance gate. A strange place to sit, I thought, but you know boys.... Obviously they sat there to direct their companions and tell them that there were targets for them. After coming home I have read several times about other people who also have been mugged. It seems to be organized.
All this made I didn't go inside - who knows what would happen inside with no witnesses after they had already tried once? I didn't even take any photos from outside.
AVOID THIS PLACE, THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER TOO VISIT. SAFELY.
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 ;)
Beware, camera can be of a high price in this city
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.
Many tourists will be put off...
Many tourists will be put off visiting Diyarbakir, because of the recent 'Kurdish' problems and the security warnings for the area. There isn't much risk of getting caught up in any trouble, especially as peace has sort of re-entered the region, but it is probably best not to travel at night. I'm not very good at practising what I preach, though, as we hitch-hiked in the south-east of Turkey in the dead of night without any problem!
It isn't safe to walk around the walls alone.
It might also be a good idea to avoid the city around the Kurdish festival of Nowruz...although it would be extremely interesting to see the celebrations, the police would also find you extremely interesting.
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