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Mardin’s history reads like a who’s-who of conquest. The Assyrians, Arabs,Seljuk Dynasties, Kurdish, Persians, Mongols and Ottomans have all played a game of rule here. Today, this town of old stone houses spread out below a cliff ridge in a tumble of labyrinthine alleyways has become something of a tourism hot-spot. With its wealth of historic buildings (some now converted into boutique hotels), Mardin’s timeless allure is attracting a brand new batch of visitors who soak up the cultural heritage by sightseeing rather than invading and conquering.

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Mardin is a city in southeastern Turkey. It is known for the Artuqid architecture of its old city, and for its strategic location on a rocky hill near the Tigris River that rises steeply over the flat plains. Mardin is one of the few cities in the world wherein the entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is because just about every inch of the city oozes history and culture, and these lands along the Tigris River have been the crossroads of civilizations since the dawn of civilization itself. Mardin Travel Guide to help you Discover Mardin more. Also you can join our well and custom designed related Turkey Tour Packages to visit Mardin.

Mardin is Simply a Pleasurable Place to Have a Walk and Soak in the Atmosphere of the Ancient Old Town

Mardin used to be an important center of the Western Asia for both its strategic location and commercial richness. Excavations in Girnavaz Tumulus at the crossing point of Assyrian royal roads indicate that the place was continuously settled from 4000 to 700 BC. Yielding many finds including potteries, bottles, ceramic sculptures, cylinder shaped bulla as well as architectural remains from the late Assyrian period, Girnavaz reflects all characteristics pertinent to the upper Mesopotamian culture. The tumulus is believed to be the place where genies live together and visited for heal to those with mental problems.

Mardin was once a very important center for Christianity. Architectural structures belonging to different epochs have reached out time in a unique architectural integrity. One can find unique Mardin houses; churches of Kırklar, Mar Mihail, Behrimiz, Virgin Mary, Mar Yusuf and Mar Bitris; medresses of Kasımiye, Zinciriye and Marufiye; monasteries of Deyr’ul Zafaran and Deyr’ul Umur; mosques of Ulu, Çubuk and Molla Hari and the castle as important buildings in this integrity.

Extending over a territory of 12,760 km2, the province of Mardin lies between the Southeastern Taurus Range to the north and the Arabian Platform to the south. Most of this territory covers the area known as “MardinMidyat Threshold.
The population of the province is 705,098 (Census of 2000). Dargecit, Derik, Kiziltepe, Mazidagi, Midyat, Nusaybin, Omerli, Savur and Yesilli are Mardin’s districts in the periphery.

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Mardin Travel Guide

Mardin is one of the oldest settled areas in upper Mesopotamia. Excavations done in the 1920s discovered remains in the area that dated to 4000 BCE. The first known civilization were the Subarians who were then succeeded in 3000 BCE by the Hurrians. The Elamites gained control around 2230 BCE  and were followed by the   Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians, Romans and Byzantines. Mardin had been entertained 26 civilizations in the history.

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Sounds of Mardin

In the movie “Sounds of Mardin” produced by the Mardin Museum Directorate, three traditional folk songs of Mardin were vocalized by 48 local artists in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Syriac and  Armenian languages. The movie aims at promoting and making thousands of years old tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Mardin Province visible and viable. Enjoy it.

Mardin Cultural Landscape

Mardin is a city in a rocky region in southeastern Anatolia. The city is mainly medieval in origin and is situated on the slopes of a rocky hill, crowned by o fortress built on its citadel.

Mardin’s history reads like a “who’s who” of conquest. The Assyrians , Arabs, Seljuk, Dynasties, Kurdish, Persian, Mongols, and Ottomans have all played a game of rule here. Today, this town of old stone houses that spread out below a cliff ridge in a tumble of labyrinthine alleyways provides plenty of sightseeing opportunities and bucket loads of old-world ambience.

Mardin is a highly addictive and unmissable spot. Minarets emerge from a baked brown labyrinth of meandering lanes, a castle dominates the old city, and stone houses cascade down the hillside above the Mesopotamian plains. As a melting pot of Kurdish, Yezidi, Christian and Syrian cultures, it also has a fascinating cultural mix.

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