One word: stunning. Wherever you look in Southeastern Turkey, this description will not change. An abundance of food, great monuments, lesser-known civilizations, and breathtaking views… Southeastern Turkey is the place for the person who really wants to see the real colors of Turkey.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SOUTHEASTERN TURKEY?
- The world’s oldest temple, “Gobekli Tepe,” is in Sanliurfa.
- The world’s first university was founded in Harran, Turkey.
- Peter’s Church of Antioch is the world’s first church.
Arched houses built with yellow, cut stones, delicate minarets and lace-like frame carvings: Mardin is the locked box that you should open with your heart.
One of the oldest settlements in the world, old Edessa is mentioned in several Holy Books. The cone shaped houses of Harran, the holy carp pool of Urfa, and the oldest temple in the world, Gobekli Tepe, attract many visitors.
King Antiochos had built his tumulus built on the top of Nemrut mountain so that he would achieve immortality. The sculptured heads of gods and goddesses and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets are not to be missed.
On the both side of Euphrates river, Zeugma was one of the bridge-like regions in Roman times. Today it is famous for its great mosaics that can seen in the Gaziantep Mosaic Museum.
As the second biggest mosaic museum in the world, you can find an extensive collection of masterpieces from the region.
Mount Starius near Antioch /Antakya hosts the world’s first church. This special place and its isolated location let you to travel into the past.
Magical and full of secrets, this amazing site (reminiscent of Stonehenge but built much earlier) astounds visitors. Ongoing excavations shows that Gobeklitepe is just the beginning…
Located on a desirable strategic location of Mesopotamian plain, Diyarbakir’s city walls, built in antiquity, stretch almost unbroken for 6 kilometers. Like its political history, the cuisine of Diyabakir is lively as well.
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