Mardin is a historical city in Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. A city situated on the top of a hill, it is known for its fascinating architecture consisting of heavily decorated stonework cascading from the hilltop and used to be an important center of the Western Asia for both its strategic location and commercial richness.
Mardin was once a very important center for Christianity. Architectural structures belonging to different epochs have reached out time in a unique architectural integrity. One can find unique Mardin houses; churches of Kırklar, Mar Mihail, Behrimiz, Virgin Mary, Mar Yusuf and Mar Bitris; medresses of Kasımiye, Zinciriye and Marufiye; monasteries of Deyr’ul Zafaran and Deyr’ul Umur; mosques of Ulu, Çubuk and Molla Hari and the castle as important buildings in this integrity.
Where to go?
Dara City Ruins
How can I get there?
To Mardin the nearest airport is in Diyarbakır with flights primarily to Ankara and İstanbul. Then there are buses available from the otogars in Diyabakır will takes a 2 hour journey. Mardin does not have an otogar but buses depart from Belediye bus terminal, located in the new area of the city below the citadel.
There is are buses available from the otogars in Gaziantep (4 hour journey), Şanlıurfa (a 3 hour journey) and Diyabakır (a 2 hour journey). Mardin does not have an otogar but buses depart from Belediye bus terminal, located in the new area of the city below the citadel.
There are minibuses (dolmuş) from Urfa, about two and a half to three hours away. Dolmuş from Diyarbakir costs between 9 – 13TL and takes 2 hrs.