As a witness to many great civilizations of the ancient world, Diyarbakir holds many treasures not only to be seen but also to be tasted…
Being a proud heir to a 9000 year-old-history, Cayonu architectural site is composed of the first human settlements. You can walk into the city’s gridiron city plan, and also explore the caves Uctepe, Hassuni and Hilal.
Having survived hundreds of years, many fascinating archaeological finds are exhibited in the Archaeology and Ethnographic Museum. If you are interested in the Turkish literary and philosophical history, you may also visit Ziya Gokalp’s house and Cahit Sitki Taranci Cultural Museum.
Among the city’s unique architecture, historic religious buildings are particularly interesting. The Ulu, Behram Pasa, Safa, Kale (Castle) and Seyh Mutahhar mosques, in addition to St. Mary Syriac Orthodox, Mart-Thoma, Kirklar, Mart Pityon and St. Giragos Armenian churches are among the attractions.
One of the world’s oldest and strongest structures, the fortress, the castle and the engulfing city walls reveal magnificent views.
The Tigris River, flowing peacefully through the city, crowned beautifully by the Malabadi, Haburman and On Gozlu (means ‘ten eyes’) bridges offers you scenes that match the dreamy landscape paintings with an exotic touch. When you go out for a casual walk in the city, make sure you have the proper equipment to catch the glimpses of the city in various daylight.
Relics of the golden times when the city thrived as a Silk Route stop, the inns and caravanserais Deliller and Hasanpasa are open for visitors. The old bazaar and the markets are still the city’s busiest sections.
The thermal springs in Cermik offers its healing water for those who would be interested.
Being the location for the rulers of the city since the ancient times, the Inner Castle houses an amazing collection of art work and architectural structures.
In the city, you can see the traditional flat roofed Diyarbakir houses built with the local stones, which provide thermal relief especially during the summers when the warmth hits 50 degrees Celsius.
Famous with its fat and delicious watermelons, Diyarbakir’s local cuisine offers a rich range of meals. Take your pick among mumbar filling (a special kind of sausage), ribs, cartlak (liver) kebab, “veiled” rice, eggplant dish, burmali kadayif (a kind of sweet pastry with pistachio), liquorice syrup and many other local delight which are available at restaurants.
You will be sorry if you leave the city without buying one or two of the handcraft items, such as the cane work, which abound in the bazaar.
The Anatolian gem of the southeast is ready to put its spell on you!