Zinciriye (Sultan İsa) Madrasa in the historical part of Mardin
Zinciriye Madrasa (Turkish Zinciriye Medresesi) also known as Sultan Isa Madrasa is one of the most beautiful historical sights in the old part of Mardin. It was build in 1385 Melik Necmeddin Isa bin Muzaffer Davud bin El Melik Salih. He was last Sultan from the Artuqid dynasty ruling in Mardin. The basic principles of the original Mardin architectural style were formed in the time of the Artuqids.
Deyrulzafaran (Mor Hananyo) Assyrian Monastery in Tur Abdin, Mardin
Deyrulzafaran Monastery is one of the most significant centers of the Assyrian Church besides its magnificent architecture. It is situated in about 5 km from the old part of Mardin in Tur Abdin plateau located in the southeast of Turkey. According to chronicles, the monastery was founded in the 5th century AD, when the first church was built there.
Savur: the “small version” of Mardin with 3000-year-old history
Mor Behnam (Kırklar Kilisesi): old Syriac church in the historical part of Mardin
Mor Behnam (Kırklar Kilisesi) church is one of the most significant historical sites in the old part of Mardin. It is located the Şar Neighbourhood of the city centre where nowadays many Christians are still living. This church was constructed in 569 and consecrated in honor of Syriac Saint Behnam and his sister Saro.
Mardin Castle (Mardin Kalesi) also known the “Eagle’s Nest”
Kasımiye Medrese in Mardin
Forgoten Assyrian monasteries of the Tur-Abdin in the Mardin province
Assyrian Orthodox Monastery of Mor Gabriel
The Monastery of Mor Gabriel (Saint Gabriel) is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. It was founded in 397 by two monks Mor Shmuel and his apprentice Mor Shemun on the Tur Abdin plateau near ancient town of Midyat. According to legend Shemun saw an Angel in a dream and this Angel said him to build a church in a place marked with three big stones.
Imam Abdullah Zawiya in Hasankeyf
Assyrian wines from Mardin and Midyat: Middle East winemaking traditions
Secret cafes in the old part of Mardin which is not easy to find
There are a lot of very interesting but hidden places in the old part of Mardin which the guests of it can not even imagine. For example you can see many beautiful photos of this city in the Internet and in the tourist guide books. But even for locals sometimes it’s hard to find correct viewpoint to make similar camera shots.