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Sanliurfa, known as the City of Prophets, has a very rich and far reaching background, due to its location in the great fertile plain of upper Mesopotamia. The archaeological and ethnographical museums exhibit finds of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras from the lower Euphrates region. You will notice a cave here, with several mosques around it here. This cave is believed to be the birthplace of Abraham. The Meviid Halil Mosque is also of another interest. Sanliurfa was praised as the city of the prophetsHiob, Jethro and St. George, besides Abraham, who were said to have lived here.

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Sanliurfa is one of Turkey’s great pilgrimage cities. In ancient times, it was known as Edessa and was prized by conquerors from Alexander the Great onward. Today, this city’s rich history and architecture makes it a fabulous place if you want to dive into Turkey’s culture and heritage. As well as Urfa’s central district, crammed with mosques and medrese architecture, as well as a new museum complex, there are many ruins scattered across the surrounding countryside. According to both the Bible and Quran it is the birthplace of Prophet Abraham before his migration to Canaan, now Palestine. Sanliurfa Travel Guide help you Discover Sanliurfa more. Also you can visit Sanliurfa with our related well and custom designed Private Turkey Tour Packages.

An Old History Dating Back 9000 Years

Prophet Abraham

On the great plain of High Mesopotamia, Sanliurfa, known in ancient times first as Ur and later as Edessa, proudly exhibits the legacy of all the civilizations that have prospered in this region.
Sanliurfa is a museum city that has a history dating back 9000 years. Sanliurfa is where the Prophet Abraham, the genetic father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was born; where the Prophet Job lived and which was blessed by Jesus is the most sacred city in Turkey. The city, which is preparing itself for the industrial and agricultural renaissance in the twenty-first century, along with the GAP project, has experienced many innovations, especially in the field of tourism, in recent years.

Balikli Lake and its environs, which is the focal point of tourism of the city, has been closed to traffic and made green in a planned manner. According to belief, King Nemrut of the region had the Prophet Abraham thrown into a big fire that was lighted here and water emerging from the fire saved the Prophet Abraham from burning. The water transformed into the lake of today and the pieces of wood in the fire transformed into fish in the lake. Around the lake in which hundreds of carp live, there are the Halil Rahman and Rizvaniye Mosques and various recreation facilities.

The cave where the Prophet Abraham was born is located in the courtyard of the Mevlid Halil Mosque, to the east of Balikli Lake.

The Sanliurfa Citadel, extending in a west to east direction, is located to the south of this sacred area. The old Urfa houses, which are on the northern slope from where this sacred and mystic structure can be viewed panoramically, have been restored and transformed into hotels, pensions and restaurants where the traditional Urfa cuisine can be eaten.

Harran

Among the most important places worth seeing in the vicinity of Sanliurfa is Harran. Harran which wasmentioned in the Holy Books, is one of the focal points of faith tourism in Turkey. According to what is written in the Holy Books, the Prophet Abraham stayed in Harran when he was migrating from Sanliurfa towards the south. Terah, the father of the Prophet Abraham, died here. Furthermore, the foundations of the three religions of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed were laid in Harran. The traces of various civilizations founded in Mesopotamia around the historical city of Harran can be observed. The most interesting structure in Harran, an important cultural center where the first University of Islam was located, is the remains of a 40 meter observation tower from the Islamic age. Archaeological excavations in the city are continuing. Besides the Harran remains, which occupy a large area, there is Harran village with conical-shaped houses that are the symbol of the city.

The great pilgrimage city of Sanliurfa in east Turkey is a fabulous place if you want to dive into Turkey’s rich culture and heritage. This is said to be Biblical Ur, where the Prophet Abraham was born and from where he began his monotheistic teachings. The city was also ancient Edessa, the prize conquerors from Alexander the Great onwards fought over to win.The main tourist draw is the archaeological site of Gobeklitepe, just on the city outskirts, where humanity may have first began religious belief. But the beguiling, narrow alleyways of Sanliurfa’s bazaar and its central district, crammed with mosque and medrese architecture as well as a new museum complex, hold more than enough things to do for several days of sightseeing.
Sanli Urfa, known as the City of Prophets, has a very rich and far reaching background, due to its location in the great fertile plain of upper Mesopotamia. The archaeological and ethnographical museums exhibit finds of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras from the lower Euphrates region.You will notice a cave here, with several mosques around it here. This cave is believed to be the birthplace of AbrahamThe Meviid Halil Mosque is also of another interest. Sanliurfa was praised as the city of the prophets HiobJethro and St. George, besides Abraham, who were said to have lived here.

Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?

Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey’s stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization.

Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery. The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it’s the site of the world’s oldest temple.

Harran and Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa known as the city of prophets has a very rich and for reaching background, due to its location in the great fertile plain of upper Mesopotamia Sanliurfa was praised as the city of prophets Hiob, Jethro and St. George besides Abraham who were said to have lived here.

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The great pilgrimage city of Sanliurfa in east Turkey is a fabulous place if you want to dive into Turkey’s rich culture and heritage. This is said to be Biblical Ur, where the Prophet Abraham was born and from where he began his monotheistic teachings. The city was also ancient Edessa, the prize conquerors from Alexander the Great onwards fought over to win.

Sanliurfa, known as the City of Prophets, has a very rich and far reaching background, due to its location in the great fertile plain of upper Mesopotamia. The archaeological and ethnographical museums exhibit finds of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras from the lower Euphrates region.

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