Malabadi Bridge Silvan, Diyarbakır

That morning, I was walking around the hotel in Diyarbakır.

Morning scenery of the Diyarbakır town, around 6 o'clock.

Morning scenery of the Diyarbakır town, around 6 o’clock.

After breakfast we left the hotel going to east for Silvan.

Photos, on the way from Diyarbakır to the little town of Silvan.

Photos, on the way from Diyarbakır to the little town of Silvan.

Arrived in the town of Silvan

Arrived in the town of Silvan

Silvan is a town in the province of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey on the road between Diyarbakir and Siirt. The town has a population of around 41,500 inhabitants in 2012. Most residents are Kurds.

Scenery of the town of Silvan.

Scenery of the town of Silvan.

From the town center of Silvan, we moved to the Batman River that is a major tributary of the Tigris.

Batman River on the town of Silvan

Batman River on the town of Silvan

The Batman River originates in the Anti-Taurus Mountains and flows approximately from north to south, passing near the town of Batman and forming a natural border between the Batman Province and Diyarbakır Province. From here there is a dam upstream and a Roman arch bridge downstream.

Batman Dam

Batman Dam

Batman Dam is built on the Batman River, north of Batman, in southeastern of Turkey. It was constructed between 1986 and 1999 with a hydroelectric power plant.

Batman Dam: Dam lake and power plant.

Batman Dam: Dam lake and power plant.

The dam is designed to service an irrigation area of 37,744 ha (93,270 acres).

Malabadi Köprüsü (Bridge)

Malabadi Köprüsü (Bridge)

The Malabadi Bridge is an arch bridge spanning the Batman River near the town of Silvan. The construction began in the year of 1147 during the Artuqid period, and completed in 1154.

The arch of the bridge. Bridge under construction

The arch of the bridge. Bridge under construction

Through the arch of Malabadi Bridg, a modern bridge and Batman Dam. Unfortunately, the bridge was under restoration, I did not cross the bridge. And we went to the east afterwards.

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