Drive from Sanliurfa to Diyarbakir
Depart Sanliufa and drive to the walled Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, stopping en route to see the Ataturk Dam, the Karakus Tumulus, the Cendere Roman Bridge and finally Nemrut Dagi.
Travel to the top of Mount Nemrut to see the Tumulus of Antiochos with the colossal statues. You can almost drive to the very top, with the last section being a steep uphill walk on a well-marked path of no more than 20-30 minutes, but it is well worth the effort for the stunning views of the surrounding landscape in late afternoon.
Half Day City Tour including the Grand Mosque
Head to Diyarbakir's Grand Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Anatolia. Modelled on the famous Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, this 11th century building is one of Islam's holiest sites. Built from a combination of limestone and black basalt, the mosque's simple design belies its religious importance.
Afterwards, continue to the Keldani Catholic Church. This 17th century building is used as a place of worship by Diyarbakir's Chaldenean minority, which comprises only a handful of families. Voted one of the ten most beautiful churches in Turkey, it is one Diyarbakir's least-known treasures.
Half a Day Visting the Dört Ayakli Minaret and Meryem Ana Kilisesi
Stop at the Dört Ayaklý Minaret (Four-Legged Minaret) and Meryem Ana Kilisesi, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a part of a large monastic foundation. It has been dated variously to the 3rd, 6th and 7th century AD and the Syrian Orthodox services here are conducted in Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ.Found on the banks of the Tigris, Diyarbakir is a lively Kurdish-dominated city. The unofficial capital of Turkish Kurdistan, political feeling can run high here and locals are extremely proud of their city's culture. Despite this, a strong tradition of hospitality and openness to visitors makes for a friendly atmosphere.
Ringed by huge black basalt walls, the city's historic centre was once a major stopover for Silk Road traders. Mosques, caravanserais and markets pack its narrow streets.
You will be staying at Dedeman Hotel Diyarbakir