Visiting Diyarbakır


Of all places I visited in Turkey, Diyarbakır felt entirely different.

Diyarbakır, seen from a distance Diyarbakır, seen from a distance

When I first visited Southeastern Anatolia two years ago, I didn‘t manage to visit Diyarbakır, but met some travellers on the Dolmuş who told me how they were robbed by street kids. But nonetheless, the city is always advertised as one of the places you should definitely see in Turkey. Most famously, the city walls surrounding the old town that are supposed to be the second largest wall in the world, after the Great Wall in China. Build of black basalt stones, it gives the city a sombre look. I also saw further pictures of buildings of basalt stone, often contrasted with white limestone, as well as the Dilce Bridge and the green landscape on banks of the river Tigris, so unlike the rocky and sandy scenery you normally find in South Eastern…

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