Mardin Off The Beaten Path

  • View of Mardin from road to Kızıltepe, Dec 2012
    View of Mardin from road to...
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  • Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Dec 2012
    Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Dec 2012
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  • Mosque of Dunaysir in Kızıltepe, Dec 2012
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    Kızıltepe

    by MM212 Updated Dec 20, 2014

    Located on the flat Mesopotamian plain, 20 minutes south-west of Mardin (near the airport), Kızıltepe is very easily visited from Mardin. Its main interest is the 12th century Grand Mosque of Dunaysir. It was built when the town, known then as Dunaysir, was an important stop along trade routes, but it was subsequently destroyed along with the rest of the town in Mongol invasions. The mosque was recently restored, though its original courtyard and minarets have vanished forever. There are also a couple of other less important historic buildings, including an Armenian church. Another bonus for visiting the town is having a great view of Mardin from the road (see attached photos).

    For more, take a look at the Kızıltepe page.

    Mosque of Dunaysir in Kızıltepe, Dec 2012 View of Mardin from road to Kızıltepe, Dec 2012
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    Deyrulzafaran Monastery

    by MM212 Written Oct 19, 2014

    Having served as the seat of the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox church for eight centuries, Deyrulzafaran is one of the most important sites in the Tur Abdin. It is located about 5 kms south-east of Mardin, and stands isolated on the side of the escarpment that forms the south-western end of the Tur Abdin plateau, camouflaged during the dry season by its saffron-coloured stones that match the surrounding hills. From its dramatic location, it enjoys incredible views over the fertile Mesopotamian plain – extending all the way to modern-day Syria and Iraq. It was founded in 493 AD over a Roman fortress and an ancient sun temple, which was incorporated into the monastery’s buildings and is visible to this day. Deyrulzafaran is a pleasant and rewarding excursion from Mardin, and a visit to this area without a stop at Deyrulzafaran would be considered incomplete!

    For more, take a look at my Deyrulzafaran page.

    Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Dec 2012
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    Midyat

    by MM212 Updated Oct 19, 2014

    Located an hour east/northeast of the city of Mardin, Midyat is an ancient town where church bell towers still dominate the skyline. It is considered the capital of the Tur Abdin region, the holy mountain and heartland of the Syriac Orthodox (Suriani) Church. Because it had been for centuries a majority Christian town, Old Midyat boasts nine churches, and fewer mosques. Six of these churches come with beautiful bell towers that rise from within the maze of winding alleys and elegant stone mansions. The small Suriani community that has remained was recently joined by others returning from the Diaspora, hoping to keep alive and maintain the 1800 years of Christian heritage in Midyat and its surroundings. Midyat is an easy day trip from Mardin and for those who can spare a night or two in Midyat itself, it makes an excellent starting point from which to explore the villages and monasteries of Tur Abdin.

    For more, take a look at my Midyat page.

    Old Midyat, Dec 2012
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    Kellef

    by MalenaN Written Dec 11, 2004

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    Between Mardin and Midyat, near Savur, is the village Kellef. Kellef used to be a village with about a thousand inhabitants and a few shops and cafes. Now it is quite deserted with just a few families living there, while others are living in other countries. You can see on several houses that they have been abundant for years. Many people who moved from Kellef are Syrian orthodox Christians and Arabic speaking.

    The village Kellef
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    E90/N400,a very high protected road,indeed

    by cbeaujean Written Feb 25, 2003

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    from mardin to cizre (119km),the road skirts turkish/syrian border...on turkish side,floodlit and mined along the very high barbed wire fence...keeping kurdish guerilla out....

    moreover,this road is dangerous because its high trucks traffic....to and from....irak!

    empty road as never!
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