Ancient City Harran Turkey

From Şanlıurfa, going to the village of Harran

From Şanlıurfa, going to the village of Harran

Harran was a major ancient city in Upper Mesopotamia whose site is near the modern village of Altınbaşak, 44 kilometers southeast of Şanlıurfa.

The town of Akçakale

Arrived in the town of Akçakale.

The village of Altınbaşak is a mostly ethnic Arab town and District of Şanlıurfa Province. It has a population of 98.897 (in 2014).

Arrived in Harran.

Houses made of mud in Harran.

The archaeological remains of ancient Harran was a major commercial, cultural, and religious center and first inhabited in the Early Bronze Age.

Harran Genel Plan; Entering into the ruins of Harran.

Harran Genel Plan; Entering into the ruins of Harran.

The town of Harran flourished and survived from the Assyrian period, the Roman and Byzantine, the Early Christian and the Islamic period.

Ruins of Harran

Ruins of Harran

In the 1260s the city was completely destroyed and abandoned during the Mongol invasions of Syria.

Destroyed Harran Castle

Destroyed Harran Castle

Left the ruins for the village of Harran.

Left the ruins for the village of Harran.

Harran is famous for its traditional “beehive” adobe houses, constructed entirely without wood. The design of these makes them cool inside, suiting the climatic needs of the region, and is thought to have been unchanged for at least 3,000 years.

Village of Harran

Village of Harran

Getting into Harran village.

Getting into Harran village.

Since the Harran ruins is famous, tourists come from all over the world.

Since the Harran ruins are famous, tourists come from all over the world.

The entrance of the house

The entrance of the beehive adobe house

Entered the house; ceiling, kitchen, bedroom and living room. There are some holes to right here and there.

Entered the house; ceiling, kitchen, bedroom and living room. There are some holes to right here and there.

Some were still in use as dwellings this village until the 1980s. However, those remaining today are strictly tourist exhibits, while most of Harran’s population lives in a newly built small village of Altınbaşak.

Left the house and I walked around the village. The village is really interesting.

You can enjoy a Turkish coffee and tea here.

You can enjoy a Turkish coffee and tea here.

The backyard of the house. It seems to be ready treating tourists here.

The backyard of the house. It seems to be ready treating tourists here.

A beehive adobe house. Mother and child of camel. You can enjoy horseback riding here. The sheep is a very useful animal. They survive even such a severe ground.

A beehive adobe house. Mother and child of camel. You can enjoy horseback riding here. The sheep is a very useful animal. They survive even such a severe ground.

It'd be the time to leave the village of Harran. "Good-bye, children!"

It’d be the time to leave the village of Harran. “Good-bye, children!”

2 thoughts on “Ancient City Harran Turkey

  1. I read this post with much interest, since I’m doing some research on that area in order to mention it in a historical novel I’m currently writing. Do you happen to know where “Rebecca’s well” is located? It should be 1.5 Km from the mound, but I’m not sure of this information, and I haven’t found any other details… I only have a really old photo of it.

    • I thank you for coming to my blog.
      This area is very dry and is not suitable for agriculture from ancient times. In late years artificial Selgel Creek was built, and farming was enabled. Therefore I don’t think that there was any well near here. And the story of “Rebecca’s well” is a fiction. So “Rebecca’s well” would be in the author’s heart. The reply was slow, so sorry.

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