Şanlıurfa, one of the oldest centers in the history of civilization, has been the center of many beliefs, from polytheistic to monotheistic religions.
Imagine being teleported 12,000 years back, and going through all the progress made by humanity, step by step. Imagine the dozens of religions, cultures, civilizations you will know and the experience you will have. In Şanlıurfa this is possible even without time machine.
When you take the artwork in your hands, when you wear a local outfit, when the cold waters of Halfeti, and when a pigeon, one of the most important symbols of the city, lands on your shoulder... There, you are touching Şanlıurfa.
It would not be wrong to say that the city, which is home to the oldest archaeological finds in the world, has a “unique cuisine based on the oldest recipes known”.
It is a clear fact that Şanlıurfa is an open-air museum. However, this museum status does not only come from its historical and archaeological richness, but this fertile land is also home to many rare plants.
Şanlıurfa is a city with many stories to tell. It is possible to hear these stories sometimes in a folk song played on the street, sometimes in the hammer sounds of craftsmen, and sometimes in the singing of the birds dominating the city’s skies.
After you visit Balıklıgöl, Ulu Mosque, Reji Church, Fırfırlı Mosque, Patience Quarter (Cave) of Ayyub (Job) in Şanlıurfa city center which hosts numerous ruins and remnants from prehistoric settlements, Assyrian, Hittite, Persian, Greek, Roman...