Here's a map of the
main locations in Şanlıurfa.
Balıklıgöl (Fish Pool)
The city's main attraction, and a
wonderful oasis of cool shade with
the sound of flowing water.
Abraham's Birth Cave
Local legend has it that the Patriarch
Abraham (İbrahim Peygamber) was
born in this cave near the Balıklıgöl.
Fortress (Kale, Hisar)
Climb up to this dramatic promontory
towering above the Balıklıgöl in 10
minutes and enjoy the best panorama
Covered Market Bazaars
Like old-time Turkey, with artisans
still plying their trades, everything
and anything for sale, right near the
Haleplibahçe Museum Complex
Şanlıurfa's vast new ultra-modern museum complex covers 200,000 square meters (50 acres) and boasts 1500 square meters (1794 square yards) of breathtaking Roman mosaics, dioramas portraying the lives of men and women at the dawn of human culture, a replica of the world's first temple complex of Göbeklitepe, and other priceless artifacts from the incredibly
long and deep past of this Mesopotamian
Eyyüp Peygamber Makamı
Worthy for Muslim pilgrims, of less
interest to others.
The world's oldest known temples are only 17 km (10.6 miles) northeast of Şanlıurfa. A visit to this region is not complete without a visit to Göbekli Tepe. More...
Not as exciting as it once was, but
a good goal for an excursion into the
southeastern Turkish countryside. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan