Diyarbakır Turkey

Left the ferry, passing through the town of Siverek.

Left the ferry, passing through the town of Siverek.

Siverek is in Şanlıurfa province but closer geographically to the large city of Diyarbakır, approximately 83 km.

Running in the wasteland, passing through a small town and getting into the city of Diyarbakır.

Running in the wasteland, passing through a small town and getting into the city of Diyarbakır.

Japanese old man says “You can’t fight on an empty stomach.” Arrived in the Diyarbakır city, I entered a restaurant first.

Restaurant “Selim Amca” and cooking main dish, my friend really love it.

Restaurant “Selim Amca” and cooking main dish, my friend really love it.

Diyarbakır is known for rich dishes of lamb which use spices such as black pepper, sumac and coriander; rice, bulgur and butter.

After lunch, I went for the exploration of the town. I got some map of Diyarbakır.

Diyarbakır is situated on the banks of the Tigris River, it is the administrative capital of the Diyarbakır Province, with a population of about 930,000. Diyarbakir is also a major cultural and economic center in Turkey and as such has been a focal point for conflict between Turkey’s government and its Kurdish population.

The Map of the Diyarbakır province / Diyarbakır inner citadel.

The Map of the Diyarbakır province / Diyarbakır inner citadel.

Diyarbakır City Plan

Diyarbakır City Plan

The Citadel and the Walls of Diyarbakir was guarding the city for centuries.  With its length of 6 kilometers, Walls of Diyarbakir is the second largest city walls in the world after the Great Wall of China.

The city walls of Diyarbakır

The city walls of Diyarbakır

Gates and walls of the Diyarbakır citadel

Gates and walls of the Diyarbakır citadel

During the Roman rule, the first city walls were constructed (297 AD) and later, the greater walls were built as per the command of the Roman emperor Constantius II. It was extended by Valentinian I, between 367 and 375, stretch almost unbroken for about 6 kilometres.

From here, walking up the walls.

From here, walking up the walls.

View from the walls top.

View from the walls top.

Scenery of the Southeastern Anatolian plain with rich green, from top of the walls.

Scenery of the Southeastern Anatolian plain with rich green, from top of the walls.

Open space on the Diyarbakır citadel walls.

Open space on the Diyarbakır citadel walls.

Views of the Diyarbakır town from the citadel walls.

Views of the Diyarbakır town from the citadel walls.

View from the citadel walls.

View from the citadel walls.

That’s the Dicle Bridge over the river Tigris! I’ll go there after this.

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