Mardin is an ancient city, though little is known from pre-roman times. It certainly existed in Assyrian times. Under the Romans it was called Marida, a fortress that was built on the hill overlooking the city. From the city one looks South over the Syrian. Much of the city clings to the rise of the rock, though it seems to be spreading into the surrounding hills also. The centre has wonderful alleys, going up and down the slopes or remaining level, parallel to one of the main streets. They have nice houses along them. There is a small but nice covered bazaar and the town has a couple of fine mosques and a number of medreses, most with fine stonework.
Mardin is located between the Dicle and the Firat rivers; it is one of the oldest cities in the upper mesopotamian area. Settlements in the area started already around 4500 B.C. and were first established on the top of a mountain in the area.
Those artefacts, constructions and architectures are left from several ancient empires like from the Subari, Sumer / Sumerian, Akad, Babil /Babylon, Mitanni, Asur, Persian, Byzantine, Seljuk, Arab, Artuklu and Ottoman Empire. Mardin has served them all and the artefacts left from those empires and kingdoms make the city an open air museum for the visitors. The rich archaeological pieces and materials, architectural and historical values make Mardin a mystic city on eastern Anatolia.
Taste almond candy, buy silver embroideries from Telkari and a bottle of Syrian wine.
g2o Cultural Tip
Visit the Deyrulzafaran Monastery to see 1 Million year old snake fossil.
g2o Hot Table
Have Breakfast at Deyr-ul Zafaran Monastery
Have lunch at Antik Sur Restaurant. Try “Içli Köfte” (deep-fried balls of bulgur stuffed with minced meat)
Don’t leave without trying famous Mardin Kebab at Cercis Murat Konagi.