Mardin Travel Guide

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Mardin Things to Do

  • Mediaeval City Walls

    Most of Mardin's mediaeval city walls have disappeared, but a small section has survived in the south-eastern (lower) part of the city. Attached are photos I took while driving by it on Yeni Yol Caddesi.

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  • The Mardin Castle

    Perched on top of the flat summit of a 1300m mountain, the Mardin Citadel can be seen from a great distance as one approaches the city. Its strategic position, some 600 metres above the Mesopotamian plains, made it of great importance in a region that often found itself at the frontiers of many warring empires. It is said that the Mardin Castle is...

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  • Savour the views over Mesopotamia

    Anyone visiting Mardin would agree that one of its most unforgettable memories is seeing the incredible view over the Mesopotamian plain. One immediately understands why this site has been an important defensive position for millennia - and continues to be so for the Turkish military which has a base on the ancient citadel to the present day! From...

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  • Catch the views over Mardin

    When in Mardin, one must not forget that the view of Mardin is as incredible as the view from Mardin. The city, which consists of stacked stone mansions interspersed by cylindrical minarets and ribbed domes, is built around the slope of a mountain whose summit is crowned by a citadel overlooking the flat plains of Mesopotamia. There are two places...

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  • Reyhaniye Mosque

    Hidden within the souks of Mardin, just below Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Reyhaniye Camii is one of the city's largest mosques. I did not have a chance to enter it, but could tell that consisted of two floors, with shops on the ground floor, from the income is probably used to upkeep the mosque itself. It was built in the 15th century and heavily restored...

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  • Grand Mosque - Interior

    The main prayer hall of the Grand Mosque of Mardin is similar in size to the courtyard, though slightly longer (measuring 51m x 13m). It was originally accessed from the courtyard via four doorways, but two have been blocked. The interior of the prayer hall consists of a domed transept containing the mihrab (Mecca-facing prayer niche) flanked by...

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  • Grand Mosque - Minaret

    The primary symbol of the city, the cylindrical minaret of the Grand Mosque of Mardin is often a postcard picture against the Mesopotamian plain in the background. It is said that when the mosque was first built between the Seljuk and Artukid periods it had two minarets, one where the existing minaret stands and another on the opposite...

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  • The Grand Mosque of Mardin

    Referred to as al-Jameh al-Kabir in Arabic and Ulu Camii in Turkish, the Grand Mosque of Mardin dates from the 11th century Seljuk period. However, construction continued well into the Artukid period for according to an inscription on the base of the minaret, the mosque was completed in 1176 CE. Although it is believed to have been constructed from...

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  • Artukid Caravanserai

    As its name indicates, this caravanserai was built during the Artukid period, in 1275. After it was abandoned a few centuries later, it was purchased by the Mungan family and reconfigured into a mansion. It changed hands after that and then served multiple non-residential functions until 2003 when it was converted into a hotel called Artuklu...

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Mardin Hotels

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  • Izala Hotel

    Izala Boutique Hotel was a very pleasant experience. It is situated right in the middle of town next...

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  • Erdoba Konaklari

    We decided to splurge in Mardin and reserved a small suite at Erdoba Evleri. The price was twice or...

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  • Zinciriye Hotel

    This is probably the best hotel where I slept during my last journey to Turkey! I poaid only 22 Euro...

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Mardin Restaurants

  • Mardin Eye

    I liked the place, facing the main mosque Ulu Cami. The food was georgeous and the price modic. I asked duck and coffee plus water and paid the equivalence of 7 Euro!

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  • Best view of the Mesopotamian Plateau.

    Tea- and coffeehouse Mesopotamya Aile Cay Bahcesi is located just opposite to Izala Hotel and nearly wall-to-wall with Sehidiye Camii. If you get a table at the railing towards the Mesopotamian Plateau you will have a really nice view!

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  • Exquisite

    Housed in an ancient stone mansion with panoramic views over the flat plains of Mesopotamia, Cercis Murat is reputedly the best restaurant in Mardin. Our lunch here on 25th December 2012 confirmed this, so we returned again on the following day! The restaurant serves tasty dishes prepared in the style of Mardin and its surrounding region, such as...

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Mardin Nightlife

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    Seyr-i Mardin (Mardin Eye): Quirky bar/café

    by MM212 Updated Jan 6, 2015

    Located on the second floor of this nondescript building, Seyr-i Mardin is one of the few places one could go for an evening alcoholic drink in Mardin. In an amusing way, the place feels like a suspicious Mafioso bar (frankly I'm not sure they were licensed, but they served alcohol anyway). It was quite lively when we arrived because of a group practising tango dancing. The building is on Cumhurriyet Caddesi, the main thoroughfare in Old Mardin.

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Mardin Transportation

  • Getting to Mardin

    The easiest way to get to Mardin is by plane. The city has a small airport (MQM) with a handful of flights that connect it to major cities in Turkey, such as Ankara and Istanbul. The airport is about 15 minutes away, located on the flat plains beneath the city, on the road to nearby Kiziltepe. The ease of getting here has made Mardin popular as a...

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  • Getting there from Diyarbakir.

    When going from Diyarbakir to Mardin it's best and easiest to take a bus from Ilce Otogar, close to the airport. The trip to Mardin will take about an hour but is not particularly pleasent since most drivers seem to speed up a bit too much along this quite poor and bumpy road. When it comes to the mini buses they also want to fill it before...

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  • Transport from Mardin new town to old...

    If you’re staying at the new part of Mardin or – like me – I chose to base myself in Midyat. Along the main highway in Mardin, wait for the blue minibuses at any bus stop. When you see Bilem Hotel, cross the main road and wait at the other side for the bus. Fare is TL1.30 and the trip going up the old town in the mountain is only about 10 minutes.

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Mardin Shopping

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  • At the butchers.

    It's quite common to see meat hanging in the shop windows like on this picture. In Sweden this would be absolutely impossible. Here all meat and other fresh products are wrapped in plastic and labeled with weight and price. It should also tell the country of origin. I don't know if this is always better than in other counties, but the hygiene must...

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  • A bear grinding the coffee!

    Outside this shop there was a teddy bear standing, connected to the grinding machine that grinded the coffee beans. The bear moved his "arms" up and down in a conspicious way to alert customers.I went inside and they had many different qualities of coffee powder, all for making Turkish coffee of course. This was in fact the only place during my...

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  • Mardin Hotels

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Mardin Local Customs

  • Mardin's Stacked Mansions

    Mardin's topography - i.e. the steep incline on which it is built - allowed each house or building to enjoy unobstructed views over the flat Mesopotamian plains. The result of this is the interesting stacking of houses that is unique to Mardin and which provides the city with the postcard view from below the city or the surrounding hills. Because...

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  • Removing concrete structures…

    Over the past decades when preservation was not in a priority, Mardin's old city suffered from the construction of spoiling, nondescript concrete structures. With the return of the city to the spotlight and the preparation for the UNESCO inscription, the authorities have been making an effort to remove as many of these concrete structures as...

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  • Abbara Passages of Mardin

    Old Mardin's alleys trace the contours of the hill on which the city was built. Parallel alleys located on different levels are fequently connected to each other by arched passageways that run below the houses. These passages are known locally by the Arabic name Abbara (عَبّارة), which derives from the...

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Mardin Warnings and Dangers

  • narrow streets

    Due to the one way traffic of the city .I advise the vistors to leave their cars in Kiziltepe and take a minibus to visit the city .The streets of the city are very narrow and always one way direction its very difficult to find a parking place ( except the tourist busses)

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  • don't even try leaving main road....

    because of intense military activity and traffic....moreover,be careful because of intense lorry traffic (...to irak!!!)

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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.

Mardin Tourist Traps

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    in summer days,avoid to fill up.....

    by cbeaujean Updated Jan 31, 2003

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    in summerdays,mainly,avoid to fill up tank with petrol...because sultry weather and high evaporation,petrol never gets out of petrol pump!
    it happens in cizre!

    Unique Suggestions: fill up during the night,or early in the morning...

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Mardin Off The Beaten Path

  • Kızıltepe

    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...

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  • Deyrulzafaran Monastery

    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...

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  • Midyat

    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...

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Mardin Favorites

  • Very steep side streets.

    Before going to Mardin it may be good to know it's not an easy town to explore. The Old Town sits below the high hill where the castle sits on top. As soon as you leave the main street it is very steep in all directions. There are looong stairs to climb.

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  • The Castle.

    The Castle, looming high above the town form the outcrop where it sits, is a military area and thus a no-go place.

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  • Post office.

    The post office in Old Mardin sits along the thoroughfare Cumhuriyet Caddesi. It is known to be a very beautiful building, which can not tbe seen from the outside,alas. At the time of my visit there were roadworks going on in front of it so I didn't send my postcards from here. It was too difficult to manage the way up with a bad knee.

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