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Diyarbakir

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Flea Markets · Historic Sites
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Situated on the banks of the Tigris River, it is the administrative capital of the Diyarbakır Province. With a population of about 930,000 it is the second largest city in Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Region, after Gaziantep.Diyarbakir is considered the unofficial capital of Turkish Kurdistan. As such, it has been a focal point for conflict between Turkey's government and Kurdish insurgent groups.Names and etymologyThe name Diyarbakir is inscribed as Amid on the sheath of a sword from the Assyrian period, and the same name was used in other contemporary Syriac and Arabic works. The Romans and Byzantines called the city Amida. Another medieval use of the term as Amit is found in Empire of Trebizond official documents in 1358. Among the Artukid and Akkoyunlu it was known as "Black Amid" (Kara Amid) for the dark color of its walls, while in the Zafername, or eulogies in praise of military victories, it is called "Black Fortress" (Kara Kale). In the Book of Dede Korkut and some other Turkish works it appears as Kara Hamid.
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Grand Mosque ©
Religious Site
Grand Mosque
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
City Walls
Historic Site
City Walls
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Hasan Pasa Hani ©
Flea Market
Hasan Pasa Hani
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Suluklu Han ©
Architectural Building
Suluklu Han
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Diyarbakir

KasImiye Medresesi
Historic Site
KasImiye Medresesi Mardin
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Deyrulzafaran Monastery ©
Church
Deyrulzafaran Monastery Mardin
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Ulu Cami
Religious Site
Ulu Cami Mardin
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Mardin Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Mardin Museum Mardin
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Diyarbakir

On gozlu Koprusu
Bridge
On gozlu Koprusu
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
St. Giragos Armenian Church
Church
St. Giragos Armenian Church
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Goat Tower
Art Gallery
Goat Tower
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church
Church
Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Diyarbakir

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Hz. Suleyman Turbesi
Religious Site
Hz. Suleyman Turbesi
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Zerzevan Kalesi ©
Castle
Zerzevan Kalesi
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Behrampasa Mosque ©
Religious Site
Behrampasa Mosque
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Iskender Pasa Mansion ©
Historic Site
Iskender Pasa Mansion
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Diyarbakir

Forum Diyarbakir AVM ©
Shopping Mall
Forum Diyarbakir AVM
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Ceylan Karavil Park AVM ©
Shopping Mall
Ceylan Karavil Park AVM
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Ninova Park ©
Shopping Mall
Ninova Park
2.5
Duration: 2 hours
Mega Center Alisveris Merkezi
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mega Center Alisveris Merkezi
1.0
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Diyarbakir

Cahit Sitki Taranci House Cultural Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Cahit Sitki Taranci House Cultural Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Diyarbakir Archeology Museum
Specialty Museum
Diyarbakir Archeology Museum
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Se'man Kosku ©
Specialty Museum
Se'man Kosku
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

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