An enchanting city with her cultural wealth and architectural heritage passed down through thousands of years.


A rich history blending religions, sects, customs and traditions. An open air museum of stunning beauty extending down from the hil on which it was founded. Mardin, a timeless poetic city created by the delicate spirit of the mason’s hands that gave form to its stones.


    - That Mardin, which, together with Venice and Jerusalem, is one of the three cities with the best preserved historical architecture in the world.

    - That Mardin has played host to many civilizations with various religions, sects, customs and traditions for 7000 years over the historic silk route and the fertile Mesopotamian Plain

    - That Mardin with its appearance like an open-air museum is a candidate to be included in the UNESCO`s World Heritage List

    - That Mardin is the center of silver-smiting and art known as “telkari” in Turkey.


    The castle, standing on the hill dominating the city and crowned with superb stonework, was constructed in 975-976 by the Hamdanis. It is 1200m above sea and has a width of between 30 and 150m. It is clear from the reports of travellers who came to Mardin at different periods that there were many additions inside the castle including storage barns, well and bathhouses. The castle, known as the “Eagle`s Nest” due to its protected position, has six gates formerly. Nowadays only the foundations remain from the castle.


    Rabbat Castle is situated 15km west to the district of Derik, to the north of Hisaralti Village on top of a hill abovea narrow valley. The exact date of construction is not known. The castle, that underwent restoration in the Artukid period, has 15 bastions, 4 corner lookout towers and entrance gates to the east and west. Under the ground level are shelters, the ruins of palace and supply store rooms.


    Located in the hold city of Merdis, 15 km to the northest of Nusaybin in the village of Eskihisar, the castle was constructed on top of high rocky outcrop. Although there is no archaeological proof as to the castle`s builders the style of building suggests that it belongs to the Byzantine Period. Covering an area of approximately 1500 m the castle was supported by 12 towers. Situated to the east of the castle is the King of Merdis` Chateau, and storerooms and cistern carved into rock. The tower and rampart of the castle are well-preserved to this day.


    Situated 14km to the northeast of the Nusaybin District is Aznavur Castle, constructed across the highest two hills of a wide valley. Built by Abdullah bin Hamdan in 970, the castle boasts a length of 400m and width of between 30 and 60 metres. IT was constructed with 14 bastions and 2 lookout towers. To the south, overlooking the Syrian plains, there is a tower standing to this day.


    Located in the village of Gümüşyuva, 20 km to the northwest of Mazidagi District, Dermetinan Castle was constructed during Byzantine Period. The castle is built on hilltop that is 150 metres high in a position that overlooks the caravan routes. Today only the ruins of the castle can be seen. The castle had eight bastions, watch towers, a single north-facing gate, cisterns, warehouses and houses.


    Located in the Hasan Ayar Bazaar between the Ulu Mosque and the Şehidiye Madrasa, Reyhaniye Mosque was built in 1756 by Adile Hanım, the daughter of Ahmed Pasha. From the inscriptions it is understood that the mosque was renovated in the 19th century. The rectangular shaped main chamber is a fine example of a building with single dome on top of the mihrap(prayer niche). The lower part of the minaret which has a square-plan pedestal is octagonal and after the balcony the upper part is cylindrical. The minaret is topped with a pointed spire.


    Ulu Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in Mardin, is located in the centre of the city. It is thought that the mosque was built in the 11th century by the Seljuks and it took its present shape during the Artukid Period. The minaret was built during the reign of Necmeddin İlgazi of the Artukid dynasty.The rectangular shaped mosque, which conveys to this day the splendour of its history through its magnificent structure, covered by a single dome, supported by six pillars. The bathhouse, which lies to the southest of the Ulu Mosque, was constructed by the Artukid Sultan Melik Salih (1312-1363) as a charitable foundation attached to the mosque.


    This mosque is located to the northwest of Kızıltepe District. Its construction was started by Yavlak Arslan (1184-1200) of the Mardin branch of the Artukid dynasty and was finished by his brother Artuk Arslan (1200-1239). Made from cut stone and bricks, the mosque has a rectangular ground plan and is divided into three sections. The inner walls and the mihrab of the mosque are decorated with elegantly carved writings.


    - Strolling along the old Mardin streets dotted with traditional Mardin houses, churches and mosques,

    - Visiting the Kasımiye Madrasa at the sunset,

    - Viewing the Mesopotamian Plain with your back against the castle,

    - Trying local almond sweets, myrrh and Syriac wine,

    - Tasting Beyazsu Brook’s delicious trout while dabbling your feet in the clear water,

    - Buting filigree work..



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