Museum sights in Mardin
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Housed in a carefully-restored former army barracks, this superb new museum showcases the fascinating history and culture of Mardin. Excellent English-language translations and effective use of audio and video reinforce how cosmopolitan and multi-cultural the city's past was. Downstairs is used as an art gallery for a rotating series of exhibitions, often including images by iconic Turkish photographers.
This superbly restored late-19th-century mansion sports carved pillars and elegant arcades on the upper floor. Inside, it has a small but well-displayed collection including a finely detailed 7th-century-BC Assyrian vase and finds from Girnavaz, a Bronze Age site 4km north of Nusaybin.
Afterwards, head east along Cumhuriyet Caddesi, keeping your eye out for a fabulous example of the town's domestic architecture on your left – the three-arched facade of an ornately carved old Mardin house.