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South Eastern Türkiye

Our country is surrounded by historical and natural attractions. In fact, each region has its own architectural beauties and artefacts.

The Pool of Abraham (Balıklı Göl)- Şanlıurfa

The Pool of Abraham, one of the most visited places of Urfa, has an important place in the history of religion.  Here fire was turned into water and burning coals into fish in order to protect the Prophet Abraham.  The story goes that Abraham rebelled against King Nimrod, and as a punishment Nimrod threw Abraham from Urfa Castle into the fire he built below.  However, Abraham didn’t burn. Instead the flames became water and the burning coals were turned into fish by God. Balıklı Göl is this place in this story. Hence, the fish here are believed to be sacred. Because of its natural beauty and in terms of its religious significance, The Pool of Abraham is one of the places you should definitely see. 

Mount Nemrut National Park-Adıyaman

This wonderful area in the Kahta district of Adıyaman is located approximately 100 km from the city centre. Mount Nemrut is sometimes called the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World. After a long journey through rugged terrain, you will be greeted by a vista of many sculptures and relics. Watching the sunrise and sunset in Mount Nemrut is a truly unique experience. For this reason, we suggest you add Mount Nemrut in your itinerary of Things to Do in the South-east.

Malabadi Bridge- Diyarbakır 

The Malabadi Bridge on the Diyarbakır-Batman route is located approximately 7 km from the city centre. It is known that it was built in 1147 by the Artuqids and that there are human, animal and sun motifs on the bridge. For this reason, this historical bridge is one of the places you should definitely see during your trip to the Southeast.

Zeugma Ancient City and Museum- Gaziantep

In this special museum located in the city centre of Antep, mosaics excavated from the ancient city of Zeugma are exhibited. It should also be noted that this museum is the largest mosaic museum in the world. For this reason, you should visit the Museum of Zeugma during your trip to during your trip to the South-east and see the world famous Gypsy Girl mosaic in her own home. 

Dara Ruins- Mardin 

The Dara ruins located in Mardin-Nusaybin are located 30 km from the district centre. The history of Dara, known as the Ephesus of Mesopotamia, dates back to 530-570 BCE There is also the first dam of Mesopotamia in the region. You too can also enjoy some of the historical treasures by making it a part of your South-east Anatolian trip.

Tomb of Veysel Karani- Siirt

The tomb located in Baykan district of Siirt province is approximately 40 km from the city centre. It is known that in 1967 it was completely destroyed and rebuilt. The tomb which is visited for various religious reasons such as praying or making a sacrifice: It is the tomb of the one whom Mohammed admitted as his Companions without seeing him. You can also visit this special faith centre during your trip.

Taş Köprü (Stone Bridge)- Kars

The Stone Bridge connects Kaleiçi and Sukapı. The best view of it is to be had when looking from Kars Castle  It is known that the entire bridge was built with cut basalt stones. It was constructed in 1579 during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Murad III. It’s an interesting stop-off in order to get the feel of Kars during your Eastern Anatolian tour. 

The Van Fairy Chimneys

Located in the district off Başkale in Van, this region is known as Vanadokya because of its similarity to Cappadocia. The fairy chimneys located in Yavuzlar Village, 120 km from Van, is one of the places that should definitely be seen in Eastern Anatolia. 

Church of St. Giragos- Diyarbakır

This special church, which is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East, is located in the centre of Diyarbakır and is estimated to have been built in the 15th century. The exterior architecture as well as the interior decoration of this place are fascinating. Therefore, while visiting Diyarbakır, do not go back without seeing this special place.