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Full of heart, soul and character, Diyar is proud of remaining the symbol of Kurdish identity and tenacity. Behind the grim basalt walls, the old city's twisting alleyways are crammed full of historical buildings and Arab-style mosques.

Diyarbakır has witnessed pro-Kurdish demonstrations and riots. Banned until a few years ago, the Nevruz festival takes place on 21 March; another big Kurdish celebration takes place on May 1 for May Day.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Diyarbakır.