DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT
000 Wandering around Diyarbakýr Ramparts,
000 Seeing Malabadi Bridge,
000 Seeing Old Diyarbakýr Houses
000 Visiting Cahit Sýtký Tarancý Archeology Museums,
000 Eating kaburga meal at Selim Amca, drinking root of liquorice plant,
000 Buying Diyarbakýr rush mat
The village of Hasankeyf is best reached from Diyarbakir via Batman. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and lies on the banks of the Tigris/Dicle river. A castle sits on the hilltop overlooking the village, and just below it are a few cave-houses. Only a few families still live in these caves nowadays, most now live in the 'new' town, which is still very old. When the Turks build a dam across the Tigris river, the town and surrounding area will be flooded. This is bad enough, but to know that the dam will be financed by Mr Blair and the British government is even worse. Unless the dam is stopped, Hasankeyf will be underwater in the next ten years.
###STOP PRESS### It seems that the British Government have pulled out of the dam project...so hasankeyf has received a reprieve, until the next government decides to help out. But good news for now!
5km from diyarbakir:after 1km on mardin road,turn left to birlis.
built with big basaltic stones ,well bonded,this bridge has 10 arches of unequal spans....
built in 512 and refurbished in 1065.
- Adventure Travel
- Historical Travel
Dont forget to visit the Tigris river nearby the center of town. In the evening, it's a great place to rest a little bit.