We are now in Mesopotamia, "Land between the Rivers" (Tigris and Euphrates)
Smiley faces on the breakfast buffet?
Harran and the bee-hive houses.
Aykut was disappointed that he could not show us Harran Kalesi (castle or stronghold). It was closed.
If you click on the above link, make sure you scroll all the way down to "Harran in scriptures". So interesting.
These houses are made without wood since all the trees were cut down for fuel many centuries ago.
Somehow a bit desolate but just think what might be still in the ground ... and never found?
You can see front and back here.
Then we visited Göbekli Tepe, the oldest temple of the World (10000 BC) which makes it about 12,000 years old.
Tasting the dessert ‘’Şıllık’’
The history of the city Şanlıurfa is recorded from the 4th century BC, but may date back to 9000 BC, when there is ample evidence for the surrounding sites at Duru, Harran and Nevali Cori. It was one of several cities in the Euphrates-Tigris basin, the cradle of the Mesopotamian civilization. According to Turkish Muslim traditions Urfa (its name since Byzantine days) is the biblical city of Ur of the Chaldees, due to its proximity to the biblical village of Harran. However, some historians and archaeologists claim the city of Ur is in southern Iraq, and the true birthplace of Abraham is still in question. Urfa is also known as the birthplace of Job.
From our hotel we can walk to visit ‘’Balıklıgöl’’ where Abraham was supposed to be thrown to the fire with a catapult from a high cliff.
There is a mosque on the place where he supposedly landed next to this pond
Aykut gets talked into sitting down and tasting pistachio coffee ‘’Melengiç’’ by this waiter. It was lovely.fter the refreshment we went to the mosque built on the site where prophet Abraham is believed to have been born. No pictures though because I didn't want to offend the Muslims for whom this site is very holy.
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From Aykut's CD:
Day 17 Sunday 07.01.2012 (Şanlıurfa)
• Harran Visit, famous with its Bee-Hived Houses
• Driving to the Syrian Border at Akçakale (Not in the Program. Learning & Discovery)
• Göbeklitepe Visit, the oldest temple of the World (10000 BC) (Not in the Program. Learning & Discovery)
• Lunch in the city center Şanlıurfa (Tasting the dessert ‘’Şıllık’’)
• Visiting ‘’Balıklıgöl’’ where Abraham was supposed to be thrown to the fire
• Walking through the bazaars of Şanlıurfa (tasting pistachio coffee ‘’Melengiç’’)
• Port talk about the following day’s Program
Overnight at El Ruha Hotel, Şanlıurfa