June 24, 2019

Mardin The Ancient City of Rocks

With all ancient enchantment, Mardin lies in Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey.  The dwellings lie at the top of the hill and amplifies its beauty. The infrastructure, heavily decorated by stone work along with old and new constructions. Mardin has possessed cultural and historical heritage for thousands of years. Let’s unravel The City of Rocks.

Brief History of Mardin

The buildings in Mardin can be traced down to Neolithic Age. This city is enriched with the history of Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Seljuks, Mongols, Mamluks, Karakoyunlus, Artuklus, Akkonyunlus, Safevids and Ottomans. Hence, every era left its mark on the City of Rocks.

Before, Mardin was actually known as Izala in the Late Bronze Age. Although, this name survived till the Roman Age and then was changed to Marida meaning ‘Fortress’. Later, the name was altered as Mardin.

Mardin has an interesting fact that it served as a capital of Turkish Artuqid dynasty between 12th and 15th centuries. Several madrassahs and mosques found here shows the religious influence of Artquid dynasty. Moreover, let’s look into more facts about Mardin.

  • Mardin is often considered as open-air museum due to its infrastructure.  
  • Production of sesame was the famous aspect of this city, but now tourism has taken a leap.
  • Silver jewelry known as ‘telkari’ is famous across the city.

Tourists Attraction

From the old towns to the lush plains in south, Mardin has recently caught tourists’ gaze due to its charismatic architecture and beauty. On one hand, it has many mosques, citadels and fortress to enjoy the splendid charms. On the other hand, the lush green plains amplifies its sheer beauty. Since, it has a diverse cultural and religious background, below are some awesome places that you must visit.


Hamdanis, a citadel carved with elegant designs and stone work. Besides its beauty, the citadel also dominates the city due to its location on a hill.

Zinciriye Medressi

Zinciriye Medressi is an amazing madrassah (Islamic school) inspired by the Seljuk arts, built in 1385.

Ulu Mosque

Ulu Mosque is the oldest mosque in Mardin. In addition, the ceilings and walls carved with beautiful designs enhances its beauty.

Monastery of Deyrulumur

Monastery of Deyrulumur (Mor Gabriel) is located in the nearby Midyat county. It is one of the largest and most celebrated buildings of the Syriac Orthodoxy.

Did we miss something? Of course, FOOD!

Kaburga Dolmasi

Kaburga Dolmasi is the most famous dish of Mardin. It is basically made from lamb’s ribs and stuffed with rice.


Dalak is another famous cuisine in southeastern Turkey. It is made of lamb’s spleen.


Kebabs are one of the most consumed food in Turkey. They can be of beef, mutton and chicken. Over and above that, while visiting Mardin, kebabs are going to be at the top of your list.

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