Mardin Travel Guide

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    The white one goes to Mardin.
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    mardin, old mardin, mardin houses
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    mardin, old mardin, mardin houses
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Mardin Things to Do

  • The Cobblestone lanes of old Mardin

    While searching for the highlights – mosques, madrasas, churches, bedestans, hamam, etc – of the old part of Mardin, you will be wandering around walking through the cobbled stone streets and narrow lanes layered around the steep rock mountain all overlooking the green Mesopotamian plains. The lanes are quite quaint and charming and walking around...

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  • The Old Houses of Mardin

    Mardin is famous for its old town on top of the mountain lined with its historic golden honey coloured houses made of limestones which are pretty enhanced during sunset. The houses are built in layers on the sides of the rock steep mountain. It’s a magical setting or fairy tale if I may use the adjective, with the castle perched on top, you could...

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  • Melik Mahmut Mosque

    Melik Mahmut Mosque, also called Bab’es Sur was built during the 14th century. It is known for its large gate which features elaborate stonework.According to an inscription, it was built in the third quarter of the 14th century. The main portal facing the main square and road is an elaborately decorated stonework. The mosque has a central dome and...

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  • Sehidiye Medresse and Mosque

    The mosque and madrasa (Islamic school) was built by Sultan Melik Nasruddin Artuk Aslan in 1214 The madrasa has a courtyard surrounded by porticos, several iwans, and a mosque. The ribbed and intricately carved minaret with two balconies was added later between 1916-1917 hence it contrasted in style to the rest of the structure.There is a big...

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  • Zinciriye Medresesi

    I walked along the main road and just infront of the Cig Kofte – the building with layers of terraces there is a long wide stairs going up so I climbed it and there it is the intricately decorated gate of the madrasa.The madrasa (Islamic school) is constructed in 1385 by Melik Necmeddin Isa Bin Muzaffer Davud Bin El Melik Salih – Sultan Isa for...

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  • Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque)

    Every city in Turkey has its grand mosque and Mardin is no exception. The grand mosque of Mardin is located further down the edge of the mountain so much so that looking at it from above a distance, the several green mounds of plains below serves as a dramatic background including the horizons which I believe is where the country of Syria lies.The...

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  • Kasim Tugmaner Mosque

    This mosque along the main thoroughfare of Cumhuriyet Cad. is built on the foundation of an old church. Built in 1960, the arched entrance is intricately decorated with flowers in vines and geometric designs and a two stars on both sides. Some Arabic inscriptions too around the name of the mosque.One minaret is attached on one side of the mosque.

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  • Saint Hirmiz Chaldean Church

    This is a 1,600 year-old Saint Hirmiz Chaldean church is located along the main Cumhuriyet Cadessi. The sign indicates AD397, probably the construction date of the church.

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  • Mardin Castle

    Up to the time of visit, the 3,000 years old castle is closed to the public at least for the past 50 years. Because of its strategic position – at more than 1,000 meteres high from the ground level – it was deployed by NATO during the cold war, and was used by Air Radar Position Commandership for 50 years.The castle, which has hosted Subari,...

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  • Meryem Ana Kilisesi

    On the right side of the Mardin Museum there is a stairs with a dilapidated building and on the left is a gate (closed) with a sign that says "Meryem Ana Kilisesi or the Church of the Virgin Mary with a year - 1895.It is a Syrian Catholic Church built by Antun Semhari.

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  • Artefacts Exhibits at the Mardin Museum

    The Mardin Museum has three floors with exhibition halls displaying interesting artefacts such as (what I saw) old coins from Artukid, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Seljuk pots and ceramics dugged from Hasankeyf, collection of Roman glasses, mosaics, vases, steles, figurines, busts, jewelries, ceremonial masks, Assyrian vessels. A separate hall...

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  • The Mardin Museum

    This is an excellent not-to-be missed museum of Mardin. The mansion / church-looking building is the backdrop of the statue of Kemal Ataturk at the very center of the old city. It’s almost along the Cumhuriyet Cad. with the big parking lot in front.The building was originally constructed as a Syriac catholic patriarchate by Antakya’s patriarch...

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  • View from the bottom of town

    Unless you plan to just pass through Mardin on the bus, you might miss one of the best views of the city. Pick any backstreet heading downhill from the main road and keep going until you hit the other main road at the bottom. There are a couple of good vantage points down here, one in a cemetery by an oldish mosque, the other in the garden of the...

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  • Mardin's churches

    My guidebook suggested hunting out some of the churches hidden down backstreets behind the Mardin Museum, so even though the skies threatened with rain, that was what I decided to do. The first one I managed to find was the Kirklar Kilisesi, the Syrian Orthodox Church of the Forty Martyrs, almost directly behind the museum, but there's not much to...

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  • Latifiye Camii

    At the western end of the bazar area, sort of below the main square, is the Latifiye Camii, worth visiting to see the beautiful doorway and courtyard. The doorway is made out of stone with geometrical designs in blue and black carved all the way round it. Looking through, you can see a smaller one at the end of the courtyard, and through that one...

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Mardin Restaurants

  • Amazing views from a nice cafe / tea...

    This is the name of a coffe / tea house along the main road of old Mardin. I accidentally went in to have a hot tea when I discovered that their terrace and wall to wall windows offer a great view of the Mesopotamian plains. The view is the top of the Ulu Camii with its tall minaret and interesting ribbed dome against the wonderful backdrop of the...

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  • Local Dishes by local women

    Located next to the old palatial post office building, at the western end of Mardin, Kamer is a small unpretentious restaurant. It serves local dishes prepared by local women, so it gives the diner a taste of a home cooked meal. The ambiance is very welcoming and the food tasty, and if that's not enough, the restaurant supports a great cause. It...

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  • Local flavours in an ancient palace

    One of the few elegant dining options in Mardin, the restaurant at Erdoba Evleri hotel is actually very good. The dining room is located in the sumptuous old part of the building, with stunning original stone decorations and vaulted ceilings, typical of old Mardin palaces. Tasty local dishes from all over south-east Turkey are served at reasonable...

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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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  • Brunch in a kervansaray

    Several cafes and restaurants fill a restored han/kervansaray on the main road in Mardin. Head upstairs to a very good all-day breakfast venue and cafe. Live music and raki-fuelled dancing in the courtyard seems to be a nightly event, and I stood on the road above the kervansaray trying to get a good photo...wasn't very successful, and neither were...

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  • different in the area

    This is an old house converted to a restaurant.The owners try very much to serve the best examples of local food .Mardin Food is famous with his salads with grenadine After the meal you can enjoy to take your coffe with the pittoresque view of mardin

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Mardin Transportation

  • 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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  • Transport from Midyat

    Since I was staying in Midyat, I walked to the bus station at the old part of town, couple of minutes from the town centrum. The small van (dolmush) fare to Mardin is TL4. The trip is about 1 hour although it stopped for some minutes at the bus station in the new part of the town to pick up some more passengers before proceeding to Mardin. It...

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  • Buses to/from Mardin

    Travelling from Mardin, Istanbul is a good 22 hour journey, costing anything between 60 and 85 YTL depending on the company. Metro is the most expensive, but their bus left too early for me...i had plans to spend the day in Mardin then board a night bus, so I bought a ticket for the Mardin Seyahat bus leaving that evening at 7pm. All was well until...

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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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Mardin Tourist Traps

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    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

  • Kellef

    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...

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  • E90/N400,a very high protected...

    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!

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