"Magical Mardin" Mardin Ili by terrycowan

Mardin Ili Travel Guide: 184 reviews and 755 photos

The province of Mardin is somewhat off the beaten tourist trail, but well worth the effort. The jewel of Mardin is the old city of Mardin itself, spilling down the side of a towering hill, with a surprisingly modern city below. The old Christian quarter of Midyat is worth a visit, as well. The big draw in the area, however, is the hidden Orthodox churches and monasteries. They are exquisite. The plight of the Suriani has eased, and their position there has stabilized--for now. Finally, much of the region could be considered the upper Mesopatamian plain. The enormous GAP irrigation project in Turkey is transforming this area before your eyes. The formerly arid region is green with new agricultural enterprises and bustling with new development. An eye-opener.

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  • Pros:Worth the effort
  • Cons:none to speak of
  • In a nutshell:Not what you might think
  • Last visit to Mardin Ili: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Well, Mardin and Tur Abdin qualifies as 'byzantine'. Fine tips that I hope to put to use this spring.

  • ryuhome's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    terry, it's very hard to find information on this interesting place. Your pictures say a tousand words!


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