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Top Choice Fortress in Diyarbakır

City Walls & Gates

Diyarbakır's single most conspicuous feature is its great circuit of basalt walls, probably dating from Roman times, although the present walls, around 6km in total length, date from early Byzantine times (AD 330–50…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Diyarbakır

Dengbêj Evi

The Dengbêj Evi (House of Dengbêj) showcases the Kurdish tradition of Dengbêj, storytelling by song. Kurdish elders gather together in informal groups and take turns to sing and chant in an ethereal and mesmerising …
Top Choice Cafe in Diyarbakır

Diyabakır Kahvaltı Evi

Kick off another fascinating Diyabakır day with a leisurely breakfast in the leafy courtyard of this heritage mansion. A posse of cats occasionally mooches in from nearby laneways, and there's live music with jazz, …
Top Choice Coffee in Diyarbakır

Hasan Paşa Hanı

Opposite the Ulu Cami, this restored 16th-century caravanserai is occupied by carpet shops and jewellers, and is perfect for a leisurely breakfast. Live music is also regularly advertised, and the friendly Kamer Avl…
Church in Diyarbakır

Keldani Kilisesi

The population of Diyarbakır once included many Christians, mainly Armenians and Chaldeans, but most of them were pushed out or perished during the troubles in the early 20th century or, more recently, with the Hezb…
Museum in Diyarbakır

Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı Museum

The poet Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı (1910–56) was born in this two-storey black basalt house built in 1820 in a side street about 50m north of the Ulu Cami. It now houses the Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı Museum exhibiting the poet'…
Turkish in Diyarbakır

Şafak Kahvaltı & Yemek Salonu

Nosh on freshly prepared meat dishes, hearty casseroles and stuffed vegetables in this brisk Diyarbakır institution. It also does superb crisp wood-fired pide and is open around the clock if you arrive on a late bus…
Turkish in Diyarbakır

Selim Amca'nın Sofra Salonu

This bright eatery outside the city walls is famous for its kaburga dolması (lamb stuffed with rice and almonds). Round it off with a devilish İrmik helvası (a gooey dessert).
Church in Diyarbakır

Meryem Ana Kilisesi

Still used by Syrian Orthodox Christians, this church is beautifully maintained, although only about three families still attend services. Local kids will show you the way.
Tea Garden in Diyarbakır

Otel Büyük Kervansaray

The expansive courtyard is a great place to unwind over a cup of tea and take in the atmosphere. It's also licensed if you feel like a cold beer.