A Tale of Mesopotamia: Mardin

Area: 8,891 Km²

Population: 796,591

# of Districts: 9

Districts: Mardin, Dargeçit, Derik, Kızıltepe, Mazıdağı, Midyat, Nusaybin, Ömerli, Savur, Yeşilli

Elevation: 600 meters

Primary Resources: Tourism, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Commerce

Handicrafts: Coppersmith and Tinsmith, Filigree, Stonemasonry, Pottery, Point Lace, Lithography, Saddlery, and Ironmongery

Mardin has highway connections from all across Turkey.

Brought into service in 1999, Mardin Airport receives regular flights.

Onion kebab

Irok, ikeybet, sembusek


Frik rice

Pumpkin dessert with sesame oil

Kavurma in Nusaybin

Fish at the coast in Savur

Rings, necklaces, brooches, and bags made by filigree

Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets composed of golden and pearl

Biscuits, roasted chickpeas, almond toffees, cinnamon bread, klinçe

Assyrian wine

Coffee with cardamom

Traditional Mardin furnitures

Amber rosary



Take pictures of Mardin at the observation terraces.

See Emineddün Mosque.

Visit Kasımiye Madrasa

Lose yourself in Mardin streets, have your photo taken in front of the walls and doors covered with flowers

Mint coins at the museum

Go shopping in bazaars

Inhale the aroma of coffee

Perform a prayer in Latifiye Mosque and have a cup of tea in the yard of the mosque in a morning

Recline to the minarets of the Grand Mosque for any backache

Participate in a morning service at Deyrül Umur

Buy filigree in Midyat Bazaar

Attend Turabdin wine tours

Visit Midyat villages

Visit underground tunnels in Estel

Have a look at the laundries in Savur

Walk to Mor Evgin from Nezirhan Facilities

Visit Dara

Take your part in Reyyan nights

The first land deed of the history was written in a cuneiform that is located in tumulus of Gırnavaz.

Assyrians in Mardin speak Arabic and pray in Syriac. Generally, the reverends in Mardin speak the Syriac language. Midyat Assyrians speak Syriac (Turoyo) in daily life, they don't speak Arabic.

The garbage in Old Mardin are still collected by the staffed donkeys of the local municipality.

Church of Virgin Mary which is one of the oldest working churches of Turkey and of the world, is located in the village of Anıtlı (Hah).

Imagine a city that watches over the fertile plains of Mesopotamia. Looking from a far, the city appears to be dressed in stones at the heart of these fruitful plains. A city that embraces and conciliates different races and religions with all its wisdom, having history springing out from its narrow streets, making guests feel that they are in the place where time stops... Welcome to the unmatched and glorious Mardin…

The name of Mardin is thought to come from "Maridin" which is the plural form of "marid", meaning "castle" in Syriac. This word, which is believed to have transferred to Syriac from Aramaic, is still used in Arabic language. 

Mardin reminds of an eagle’s nest, located close to the Castle of Mardin towering above steep rocks, resembling a dreamland with its stone houses.

Mardin has been a city of commerce for centuries. Handicrafts has also improved in Mardin to a great extent, hosting numerous civilizations for eras and undertaking the protection of heritages of all these civilizations. When you are in Mardin, you can feel that the history is still 'alive' there, due to a well-protected heritage. Similarly, the list of points of interest is very long.

Points of Interest

Thousands of wars, deaths, destructions, a myriad of structures, migrations, legends, and flavours… have occurred or co-existed for thousands of years in Mardin. Yezidis, Şemsis, Jews, Christians, Armenians, Assyrians, Keldanis and Muslims; Kurds, Arabs, and Turks…

As a result of this diversity, Mardin today seems to be an outdoor museum. Civilizations and nations that dwelt in Mardin bequeathed several mosques, churches, monasteries, madrasas, caravansaries, inns, and Turkish baths. Mardin, where Assyrian Churches and Artuqid Mosques stand back to back, undertook the protection of cultures that contribute towards the richness of the city.

Mardin Castle, Mardin houses, churches, monasteries, Kasımiye Madrasa... Each street will take you to a different time and civilization...

You will probably lose the concept of time while looking at Mesopotamia from Mardin. You will lose yourself in that magical beauty and feel your soul being purified.

Mardin is not similar to any other city you might have visited before, it promises a unique adventure in Midyat, Nusaybin, Derik, and Hidden Paradise Beyazsu.