Siverek

Siverek

Due to its geographical position, Siverek is a town which contains Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır cultures in itself. It is 96 km away from Şanlıurfa and 85 km away from Diyarbakır. In Siverek, Şanlıurfa plain starts to rise and ranges of mountains appear. The most typical geographical indication of the region is Karacadağ, which is a dormant volcano with a height of 1,938 m.  

In city centre, historical structures that are worth seeing are Siverek Old Government Office, Gazi Pasha Primary School, Great Mosque, Cudi Pasha Mansion, Gümrük Inn and Terziler Mansion.   

Karacadağ

  Undoubtedly, the most attractive spot of Siverek is Karacadağ, which is the highest point (1,938 m) of the South-eastern Anatolia Region. Karacadağ is a dormant volcano. When it was an active volcano, lava erupted by Karacadağ filled the area between Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır and led to creation of black basalt rocks in this region. These basalt rocks have been used as construction materials in numerous buildings in Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır and Siverek.   Karacadağ is a very important attraction centre due to its geographical structure, its highland characteristic in the summer and its nomadic culture, its ice cold mineral waters, being homeland of siyez wheat which is the ancestor of today’s wheat and its being the only ski centre of the South-eastern Anatolia Region. Karacadağ, which has a significant biological diversity due to its height, is in “Important Plant Area” status thanks to 600 plant species. One of the rare breeding areas of spectacled warbler (Sylvia conspicillata) in Turkey is again Karacadağ.   

Karacadağ is a place where nomadic culture, which remains in very limited areas in Turkey, can still be seen. Since there is no grass left on the plains in the summer and temperature rises, these nomadic people bring their flocks to Karacadağ, which is cooler and richer in terms of grass. Nomadic people of Karacadağ are generally the Turkmens. Kejan and Türkan (Tırkan) tribes set up their tents and feed their flocks in Karacadağ during summer. It is very interesting to see their camels, goat-hair tents, rugs inside these tents, felts and colourful clothes.

Karacadağ

Undoubtedly, the most attractive spot of Siverek is Karacadağ, which is the highest point (1,938 m) of the South-eastern Anatolia Region. Karacadağ is a dormant volcano. When it was an active volcano, lava erupted by Karacadağ filled the area between Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır and led to creation of black basalt rocks in this region. These basalt rocks have been used as construction materials in numerous buildings in Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır and Siverek.

Karacadağ Ski Centre

Karacadağ Ski Centre, which is approximately 150 km away from Şanlıurfa city centre, is the first and only ski centre of the South-eastern Anatolia Region. The centre, which started operation in 1999, has continued to provide service every winter with additional facilities built in 2012. Ski centre, which has a 600m track and a ski lift, is especially covered with snow in January, February and March. There are café and restaurant services along with skiing equipment rental facilities.

Takoran Valley

Takoran Valley has been the recent new star of trekking and river tourism in Şanlıurfa. Along with its rich flora, it is home to deep canyons, waterfalls, a windmill, rock tombs, historic buildings and exquisite scenery. The valley starts in Baki Village and stretches 40 km up to Gerger District of Adıyaman.