Mardin is a picturesque city in southeastern Turkey. It is located on a mountain at 1000m of altitude and therefore has cold and rainy winters. The area around Mardin has been settled since prehistoric times, but the buildings nowadays present in the city date back to the medieval period and later. The historic centre of Mardin is picturesque and contains a multitude of beautiful buildings built with pale, honey-coloured local stone, many with intricately carved bas-reliefs. Mardin looks like a city which due to its cuteness attracts lots of tourists. In fact, along the main Birinci Caddesi street there are countless shops geared towards tourists.
How to get to Mardin
Mardin has no own airport. It can be reached by motorway from Sanliurfa or Diyarbakir.
There are several hotels, most of them bookable via the international booking portals.

01 Kasimiye madrasa 02 Kasimiye madrasa 03 Kasimiye madrasa 04 Kasim Tugmaner mosque 05 Surp Hovsep Armenian church 06 Surp Hovsep Armenian church
07 Surp Hovsep Armenian church 08 Surp Hovsep Armenian church 09 Surp Hovsep Armenian church 10 Surp Hovsep Armenian church
11 Surp Hovsep Armenian church 12 Surp Hovsep Armenian church 13 Narrow alley 14 Old town 15 Narrow alley 16 Birinci Caddesi street
17 Birinci Caddesi street 18 Historic core 19 Historic core 20 Historic core
21 Historic core 22 Seyr-i-Merdin restaurant 23 Semolina Halva dessert
24 White horse 25 Seyr-i-Merdin restaurant 26 Staircase 27 Mardin Artuklu university 28 Mardin Artuklu university 29 Food court
01 Syriac tombstone 02 Pot 03 Female-shaped stand 04 Lion relief 05 Tomb inscription
06 Necked amphora 07 Gravestone of husband and wife 08 Gravestone of a warrior 09 Cuneiform tablet 10 Cuneiform tablet 11 Cuneiform tablet
12 Ancient Roman coin 13 Hellenistic period coin 14 Byzantine period coin 15 Byzantine period coin
16 Byzantine period coin 17 Coin of Mosul princedom 18 Coin of Mosul princedom 19 Coin of Mosul princedom
20 Coin of Mosul princedom 21 Death cult statue 22 Death cult statue 23 Nomadic gravestones 24 Nomadic gravestone 25 Nomadic gravestone
26 Urartian armory plate and votive plaques 27 Stone idol 28 Islamic tombstone 29 Armenian tombstone 30 Sakip Sabanci city museum 01 Staircase
02 Vase 03 Staircase 04 Inner court 05 Church tower 06 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery
07 Chapel 08 Chapel 09 Monastery interior 10 Internal chamber
11 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 12 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 13 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery
14 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 15 Olive trees
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