Sıra Nights
Sıra Nights

Joining a ‘sıra’ night is one of the essentials of an Urfa trip. Originally, ‘sıra’ night is an event of people’s assembly gatherings special to Urfa. In the past, the prominent figures of the city used to gather in these assemblies, discuss and...

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Urfa Castle
Urfa Castle

It is believed that Urfa Castle was built on a Neolithic settlement area dating back to 10,000 BC. The first written records about the Castle is from the 11th century. It is believed to be built in the Assyrian period between 812-814 AD. King of...

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Shopping
Shopping

Ancient city centre of Şanlıurfa is full of beautiful well-preserved bazaars. These covered bazaars are referred to as bedesten. Şanlıurfa is one of the key cities in terms of its covered bazaars after İstanbul, Bursa and Edirne. The covered...

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Han El-Ba’rur Caravanserai
Han El-Ba’rur Caravanserai

It is a caravanserai which dates back to the Ayyubid period and is located about 30 km east of Harran in Göktaş village. This caravanserai is on the route from Baghdad to Harran. It consists of a small mosque, guard’s room, stables, and Turkish...

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Transport Within Şanlıurfa
Transport Within Şanlıurfa

Local public transportation is very well-developed in Şanlıurfa. There are municipality’s bus services from the two main stations called “Toplama Merkezi” (Bus Terminal) located in the city centre to every corner of Şanlıurfa.Bus number 63...

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Harran
Harran

Harran is a city whose name has not changed for 4,000 years. In Assyrian, it means “intersection” or “the place where roads meet”. It is one of the most unique places of Şanlıurfa with its architecture, local dress style, and life style. Harran...

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Roman Bath
Roman Bath

Remains of Roman Bath, situated at the south wing of Şanlıurfa Museum Complex, spread around a very large area. It is located at the right side of the pathway going straight to Balıklı Lake from museums. Although not excavated yet, quite a lot of...

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Rizvaniye Mosque & Madrasa
Rizvaniye Mosque & Madrasa

Located right on the north side of Balıklı Lake, this Mosque was built by Rıdvan Ahmet Pasha, Raqqa Governor of the Ottoman Empire, in 1736. The most attractive part of its structure is its green courtyard opening to Balıklı Lake and its entrance...

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Savasan Village
Savasan Village

This is the village where half of the mosque’s minaret is submerged under waters, and this image is widely used in advertisements of Rumkale. Since its road has been completely under the dam lake, you can only access the village by boats...

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Sanliurfa Cuisine
Sanliurfa Cuisine

When one says Şanlıurfa meals, it is Urfa kebab that first comes into mind. Wherever you go in Turkey, when you enter a restaurant, they will say they have Adana or Urfa kebab on their menu. As a matter of fact, Urfa cuisine offers more than...

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Gumruk Inn
Gumruk Inn

Among the inns, the most famous is Gümrük Inn,through which an open fresh water pipe, coming from Balıklı Lake, passes. Huge plane trees were plantedin its courtyardand even though they were recently trimmed, they still give their shadow to the...

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