Located within the small hotel with the same name, Cevahir Konuk Evi is considered one of the best restaurants in Urfa all around. Not only does it serve excellent delicious local cuisine - such as a variety of Urfa Kebabs and the Urfa-style lahmajun (meat on flat bread) - but it has a beautiful ambiance in the covered courtyard of an ancient stone...more
Ataturk Mah. Hastane Cad., Sanliurfa, 6300, TR
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We knew Urfa was conservative, but it was surprisingly so. Despite dressing in an appropriate manner for the ME (long skirts, loose tops with long sleeves), we (two reasonably pretty girls, early 20s) were stared at by the men A LOT (most of the time). With occasional attempts to be chatted up as well as followed. I'm not sure if this was because...more
Possibly built on the site of the temple for the God of the moon... this fortress was restored just in the nick of time for the Crusaders approach. The crusaders, as we know, won and kept the fortress going until they got bored and moved on.I clearly did not read and digest my Lonely Planet well enough because it was only on leaving Harran I...more
In the late 8th and 9th centuries Harran became a centre for translating works of astronomy, philosophy, natural sciences, and medicine from Greek to Syriac and then into Arabic. Many important scholars possibly even Jābir ibn Hayyān, the alchemist.The ruins of the university are here for anybody to see and go look at. For me, viewing...more
These houses are constructed entirely from adobe and without the use of any wood. The method of makng them has remained unchanged for approximately 3000 years. These house are unique to Turkey and northern Syria.None of the beehive houses are actually lived in now but they can be visited. The Harran Kultur Evi allows you to wander around inside and...more
Now, what is there to do in Birecik except for going to see the eastern bald ibis? How would I know. I only went for that and that is the only thing I did while there. Well, come to think of it you could also take a dip in the Euphates if it gets too hot. It looked clean and smooth.