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Sanliurfa

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Art Museums
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. It is a city with a primarily Arabic, Kurdish and Turkmen population. Urfa is situated on a plain about eighty kilometres east of the Euphrates River. Urfa's climate features extremely hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters.NameThe city has been known by many names in history: Ուռհա Uṙha in Armenian, ܐܘܪܗܝ Urhai in Syriac, الرها Ar-Ruhā in Arabic and Ορρα, Orrha in Greek (also Ορροα, Orrhoa). For a while during the rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175 - 164 BCE) it was named Callirrhoe or Antiochia on the Callirhoe. During Byzantine rule it was named Justinopolis. Prior to Turkish rule, it was often best known by the name given it by the Seleucids, Edessa.Şanlı means "great, glorious, dignified" in Turkish, and Urfa was officially renamed Şanlıurfa (Urfa the Glorious) by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1984, in recognition of the local resistance in the Turkish War of Independence. The title was achieved following repeated requests by the city's members of parliament, desirous to earn a title similar to those of neighbouring cities 'Gazi' (veteran) Antep and 'Kahraman' (Heroic) Maraş.
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Balikligol ©
Historic Site
Balikligol
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Potbelly Hill
Ruin
Potbelly Hill
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum ©
Art Museum
Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Cave of Abraham
Cave
Cave of Abraham
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sanliurfa

Zeugma Mosaic Museum ©
Art Museum
Zeugma Mosaic Museum Gaziantep
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Gaziantep Zoo
Zoo
Gaziantep Zoo Gaziantep
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Bakircilar Carsisi ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Bakircilar Carsisi Gaziantep
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Old Halfeti ©
Historic Site
Old Halfeti Halfeti
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Sanliurfa

Gumruk Han
Historic Site
Gumruk Han
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Castle of Urfa ©
Castle
Castle of Urfa
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Halil Ul Rahman Mosque ©
Religious Site
Halil Ul Rahman Mosque
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
St Job Tomb
Cemetery
St Job Tomb
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Sanliurfa

Rizvaniye Mosque ©
Architectural Building
Rizvaniye Mosque
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Golbasi Park
Park
Golbasi Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Hz. Eyup Sabir Makami ©
Religious Site
Hz. Eyup Sabir Makami
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Ayn Zeliha Golu ©
Water Body
Ayn Zeliha Golu
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Sanliurfa

Piazza
Gift & Specialty Shop
Piazza
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Abide Park
Gift & Specialty Shop
Abide Park
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Kazzaz Bazaar
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kazzaz Bazaar
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Urfa City AVM ©
Shopping Mall
Urfa City AVM
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Sanliurfa

Tek Tek Daglari Milli Parki ©
National Park
Tek Tek Daglari Milli Parki
3.7
Duration: 8 hours

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