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Dive into Urfa's bazaar alleys to find stalls selling 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 with its shops selling silk goods, including colourful local scarves, under a vaulted ceiling. An entrance inside the bedesten brings you into the Gümrük Hanı, an old caravanserai with its courtyard now the city's most atmospheric cafe.

On the edge of the bazaar district is the old Arasa Hamamı, which the municipality plans to turn into a museum.

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1. Bedesten

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Tucked inside the bazaar district, the vaulted-ceiling bedesten is home to shops selling scarves and silk products.

2. Pazar Cami

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This small mosque marks the northern entrance of the bazaar area.

3. Narıncı Cami

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This little mosque, with its entrance squeezed between market stalls, was built in the mid-18th century.

4. Şurkav

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To admire some typical local architecture, pop into the Şurkav, a local government building near the entrance to Hotel Edessa, where the courtyard is…

5. Hasan Padişah Cami

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The eastern entrance to the Gölbaşı area is marked by this mosque, which was built in the 15th century.

6. Mevlid-i Halil Cave

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This small cave in the southern side of the Dergah Complex is one of Turkey's most important pilgrimage sites. It's believed by many Muslims to be the…

7. Dergah Complex

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Southeast of Gölbaşı is the Dergah mosque complex, Urfa's major pilgrimage destination. From the gate, you enter the colonnaded courtyard in front of the…

8. Gölbaşı

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Legend claims that the Prophet Abraham (father of the three major monotheistic religions) was confronted by Nimrod, the local Assyrian king, while…