A week ago I met a friend for a cup of tea. He told me about his trip to Diyarbakir and I found the city quite interesting. So, I “stole” his photographs and I made this post! Hope that you will enjoy it!
Diyarbakir is the second largest city in Turkey’s southeastern Anatolia region. It’s famous for its watermelons, which are exported internationally. One of the largest events in the city is the annually held Watermelon Festival.The city is also famous for its copper, gold and silver products.Local tobaccoSpices in bazaar in Diyarbakir – part of them are coming from Iraq and Syria, other from Iran and Diyarbakir province.The Hasan Pasha Han, which highly impressed Western travelers was built in 1573. Traditional Turkish coffee cups.The Syriac Orthodox Virgin Mary Church was first constructed as a pagan temple in the 1st century BCE. The current construction dates back to the 3rd century, has been restored many times, and is still in use as a place of worship today.The Great Mosque of Diyarbakir (Ulu Camii), built in 1091, is the oldest and one of the most significant mosques in Anatolia. The design influenced by the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, used the locally found black basalt rock.Beautiful building details!In the Middle age the building was caravanserai (Turkish: kervansaray), a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. At present it’s a wonderful hotel.My two favorite pictures!Hasankeyf is an ancient town and district located along the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. It was declared a natural conservation area by Turkey in 1981. Much of the city and its archeological sites are at risk of being flooded with the completion of the Ilisu Dam.The ruins of the old Tigris bridge of Hasankeyf (built in 1116).The minaret of El Rizk Mosque (built in 1409) has remained intact.Mausoleum of Zeynel Bey, the son of Uzun Hassan ruler of the Akkoyunlu Dynasty which ruled over Hasankeyf in the 15th century. Last picture: Htkava
Thank you, Ruslan Trad!