Diyarbakir is a great place to walk around and see the various sites, including mosques, churches and bazaars. We were there during a ‘cultural festival’ on a Sunday and the place was full of people.
It’s a beautiful mosque in the classical Diyarbakir style of alternating black and white stone. The minaret is detached from the mosque.
Arguably the most impressive mosque in Diyarbakir, dating from 1091. Fantastic courtyard filled with people on the Sunday we visited.
Seyh Mutahhar Camii
This mosque is well known because of its minaret which is just outside the mosque grounds. It’s known as the four legged minaret because it stands on 4 slender pillars
Keldani Kilisesi (Chaldean Church)
Diyarbakir was once filled with many Christians, notably Armenians and Chaldeans, but not many remain here.
Surp Giragos Kilisesi
This is a beautifully restored Armenian church which had peaceful music playing. A peaceful spot despite the crowds
House of Dengbej showcases the Kurdish tradition of storytelling. Great place to sit, relax and observe.
Behram Pass Camii
A 1572 mosque situated in a warren of alleys. Children were enjoying a game of football in the courtyard. I really liked this spot, as there were no visitors at all.
Suryani Ortodoks Meryem Ana Kilisesi – Syrian Orthodox Virgin Mary Church
The city still is famous for its basalt walls which presently extend 6 Kms and date from Byzantine times (AD 330-500).
Formally a caravanserai this building was constructed in the 16th Century and is now a hotel.