Fortress in Şanlıurfa


Urfa's fortress on Damlacık hill, from which Abraham was supposedly tossed, has good city views, but there's not much to see at the actual site. On the top, most interesting are the two columns dubbed the Throne of …
Top Choice Market in Şanlıurfa


Urfa's bazaar features everything from sheepskins and pigeons, to jeans and handmade shoes. It was largely built by Süleyman the Magnificent in the mid-16th century. One of the most interesting areas is the bedesten…
Top Choice Museum in Şanlıurfa

Şanliurfa Archeology Museum

Opened in late 2014, Şanliurfa's spectacular new Archeology Museum forms the city's Archeopark with the new Edessa Mosaic Museum. Across three massive floors, the region's archeological heritage includes sculpture a…
Top Choice Museum in Şanlıurfa

Edessa Mosaic Museum

This modern domed structure protects the excellent Haleplibaçhe (Aleppo Gardens) mosaics, part of a Roman villa complex only discovered in 2006 when construction started on a planned theme park. Highlights include w…
Gallery in Şanlıurfa

Güzel Sanatlar Galerisi

Urfa's back streets have many distinctive limestone houses with protruding bays supported on stone corbels. A few have been restored, most notably the house of Hacı Hafızlar. It's near the PTT, and is now an art gal…
Ruins in Şanlıurfa

Göbekli Tepe

Around 11km northeast of Urfa, 'Pot Belly Hill' was first unearthed in 1995, and its circle of Neolithic megaliths is estimated to date from 10,000 BC, around 7000 years before Stonehenge. A wooden walkway circles t…
Historic Building in Şanlıurfa

İl Özel İdaresi Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi

North of the bazaar, in the neighbourhood called Beykapı Mahallesi (take 1001 Sokak), this splendid house, restored in 2002, was once a church.
Mosque in Şanlıurfa

Ulu Cami

Urfa's Syrian-style Ulu Cami dates from the period 1170-75. Its 13 eyvans (vaulted halls) open onto a spacious forecourt with a tall tower topped by a clock with Ottoman numerals.
Mosque in Şanlıurfa

Hüseyin Paşa Camii

At Kara Meydanı, the square midway between the belediye (town hall) and Dergah is the Hüseyin Paşa Camii, a late-Ottoman construction built in 1849.
Historic Site in Şanlıurfa


Legend claims that Abraham (İbrahim), the Islamic prophet, was in old Urfa destroying pagan gods when Nimrod, the local Assyrian king, took offence. Nimrod had Abraham immolated on a funeral pyre, but God turned the…