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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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Kebap in Şanlıurfa

Beyaz Köşk

Turkey's best lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza) restaurants reputedly huddle in Gölbaşı's labyrinth of lanes, and the 'White House' is a great place to try plate-covering pizza sprinkled with spicy ızot. Head upstairs t…
Kebap in Şanlıurfa

Ikiler Ciğer Salonu

Informal streetside ciğer salonu (simple eateries serving grilled meats) are easy to find throughout the city. Grab a cornerside table at Ikiler, and tuck into a mini-feast of grilled lamb, chicken or liver, served …
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…
Turkish in Şanlıurfa

Çift Mağara

The dining room is carved into a rocky bluff overlooking Gölbaşı, but the lovely terrace for dining alfresco beats the cavernous interior. Try the içli köfte (ground lamb and onion with a bulgur coating).
Turkish in Şanlıurfa

Manici Hotel

With excellent meze and traditional Turkish mains, the licensed restaurant at the Manici Hotel is an elegant affair framed by paintings of Ottoman Sultans.