Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Nemrut Dağı National Park

Nemrut Dağı Summit

Nemrut Dağı's famous statues sit on two terraces flanking Antiochus I's giant gravel-covered, mountaintop burial mound. Their 2m-high heads, toppled from their bodies by earthquakes, now sit silently on the ground i…
Top Choice Ruins in Nemrut Dağı National Park

Arsameia

About 1.5km south of the Kocahisar turn-off, a turn to the east brings you to a national park gate and ticket office and, 1.5km past this, the ancient Commagene capital of Arsameia. Here a path leads 400m uphill fro…
Top Choice Market in Malatya

Bazaar

Malatya's vibrant city-centre market sprawls north from Halep Caddesi. Especially fascinating is the lively metalworking section. Don't leave without spending some time (and sampling the wares) at the Apricot Market…
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 Museum in Gaziantep

Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum

This modern museum showcases superb mosaics unearthed at the Roman site of Belkıs-Zeugma before the Birecik Dam flooded most of the site forever. The second floor has excellent views of virtually complete floor mosa…
Top Choice Market in Şanlıurfa

Bazaar

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 Church in Lake Van

Akdamar Kilisesi

One of the marvels of Armenian architecture is the carefully restored Akdamar Kilisesi. It's perched on an island 3km out in Lake Van. In 921 Gagik Artzruni, King of Vaspurkan, built a palace, church and monastery o…
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 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…