Old Town of Diyarbakır

From the Dicle Bridge, We returned to the old town of Diyarbakır and went to the famous mosque, Ulu Cami.

Walking to Ulu Cami Diyarbakır

Walking to Ulu Cami Diyarbakır

Arrived at the mosque, but unfortunately it was under construction and we were not able to enter the mosque of Ulu Cami.

Arrived at the mosque of Ulu Cami

Arrived at the mosque of Ulu Cami

The Great Mosque (Ulu Camii) of Diyarbakır is the oldest and one of the most significant mosques. It can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers.

Ulu Cami Diyarbakır

Ulu Cami Diyarbakır

The Great Mosque was first a Christian temple devoted to Saint Thomas. The mosque was built in 1091 by the Seljuk ruler Malik-Shah. (These photos are from my friend.)

Courtyard and interior of the mosque of Ulu Cami Diyarbakır

Courtyard and interior of the mosque of Ulu Cami Diyarbakır

We went into a house of old caravanserai instead of the Great Mosque (Ulu Camii). Now It’s a shopping mall. Caravanserai is an inn in Islamic world with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans.

Old Caravanserai Diyarbakır

Old Caravanserai Diyarbakır

This caravanserai is called “Hasan Pacha Han” originally. (Turkish han means inn in English.) Ottomans conquered Baghdad and Central and Lower Mesopotamia in 1534. Hasan Pacha, the third Ottoman governor of the town, built a large han in the very centre of Diyarbakir.

Courtyard of the caravanserai

Courtyard of the caravanserai

Courtyard of the caravanserai, now it’s a café.

Courtyard of the caravanserai, now it’s a café.

We went to upstairs.

We went to upstairs.

Hasan Pasha Han in today is a very nice touristic resting place.

Many restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, grocery stores and all types of shops there.

Many restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, grocery stores and all types of shops there.

Hasan Pasha Han in today is a very nice touristic resting place.

From Hasan Pasha Han, we were walking to Safa Camii.

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