Þanliurfa history can be traced to 9 thousand years ago, is seems like and museum city which city saint Abraham birth, saint Eyyüb lived and the Jesus Christ sanctified. It is unstoppable feeling of breathing 4000 years ago air while showing around the Harran, observing the productivity and plentifully created by Atatürk Dam water at Harran plain.
Favorite thing: Feed the sacred fish in the pool surrounded by mosques. As the story tells it, Abraham was on the mountain (where the castle now stands) cursing the Pagan gods, when the god Nimrod hurled him into a large fire, but as he landed, the fire turned into a pool of water thus saving him, and the burning coals became the fish which now feed on all sorts of rubbish given to them by the many visitors who flock here. You can buy bags of chickpeas to feed the fish from sellers around the pool, but don't try to catch one of them, or you'll turn blind!
I was impressed in Urfa all the time: it was so beautiful and exotic city. Different than others in Turkey! You should see Abraham's cave with holy water! And just to take a walk through the city... You'll be fascinated!
Fondest memory: I spent there a great evening. Beside I recommend Harran with its unique houses (they look like big beehive). After that exhausting trip you should swim in a swimming pool in the centre of Urfa.
Spend the day wandering in the old bazaar.
Enjoy colorful gardens and refreshing pools.
Fondest memory: Ambiance, Mosques and coranic schools (medresa).