Ruins in Harran


About 18km north of Şuayb City, the isolated village of Soğmatar is very atmospheric and is home to the most interesting ruins in the area. Sacrifices were once made to the sun and moon gods here, whose effigies...

Ruins in Harran

Ulu Cami

The ruins of the 8th-century Ulu Cami, built by Marwan II, last of the Umayyad caliphs, is Harran's most prominent historic site. You'll recognise it by its tall, square and very un-Turkish minaret. It's said to...

Castle in Harran


On the far (east) side of the hill, Harran's crumbling kale (castle) stands right by some beehive houses. Fortifications probably already existed here during Hittite times but the current construction dates...

Ruins in Harran

Şuayb City

Around 12km northeast of Han el Ba'rur are the extensive remains of Şuayb City, where hefty stone walls and lintels survive above a network of subterranean rooms. One of these contains a mosque on the site of the...

Notable Building in Harran

Harran Kültür Evi

This modern beehive house complex is a popular stop for domestic tour buses. Inside, the rooms are decked out in traditional style while the walled courtyard doubles as a cafe, offering cold drinks and çay to...

Ruins in Harran

Han el Ba'rur

About 6km east of the Bazda Caves are the remains of the Seljuk Han el Ba'rur, a caravanserai built in 1128 to service the local trade caravans.

Ruins in Harran

Bazda Caves

About 20km east of town, the impressive Bazda Caves (signed 'Bazda Mağaları') are supposed to have been used to build the walls of Harran.

Ruins in Harran

City Walls

The crumbling stone city walls were once 4km long and studded with 187 towers and four gates. Of these, only the overly restored Aleppo Gate, near the new part of town, remains.