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... in the early 90’s there was a little war here when this area broke away from Azerbaijan after the break-up of the Soviet Union. It appears, as far as L can work out that the Soviets put this area into Azerbaijan in the early days of the Soviet Union. The people of this region are devoutly Armenian Christian and really wanted to be part of Armenia, not lumped with Islamic Azerbaijan. As it was a great deal of Armenia was handed over to Turkey not long ...
... had very little tourism infrastructure in place. They were free and staffed by volunteers (in the case of Meryemana, we had to have a caretaker let us in). Deyrulzafaran opened with a swanky new cafe/gift shop complex, followed by a ticket office. Though tickets were inexpensive, I am sure prices will rise as Mardin becomes more popular.
Deyrulzafaran was founded in 492 AD and was the seat of the Syrian Orthodox patriarch from 1160 to 1932. The patriarch's seat ...
... did not get waved on over, after looking for a few minutes, so we left.
Next, Mardin citadel appeared on the hill in the distance. Modern Mardin isn't attractive or interesting. As we climbed the hill and found the main lane of the old town, things changed. Traffic was disorganized and streets were congested and crowded. Merchants and customers were bringing goods to and from the markets in the back lanes. This was ...
... I can get to the area of town where there are hotels. I couldn't get a couch in Mardin, a town with only a dozen Couchsurfers, all of whom seemed to be out of town.
During my visit, Mardin was getting pounded with snow. For the next two days I mostly stayed inside, sipping çay with the friendly hotel staff inside of the hotel’s café. During the two days that I was in Mardin, the town received about a foot of ...
... hours here exploring the town, the cave dwellings and lookouts; sipped cay overlooking the remains of the once magnificent old bridge. Lunched on loaves & fishes from the Tigris....
We headed south , up through some drier country onto the Turbardin Plateau. Olives, fruit trees, vines and Christian spires dotted the landscape. This is a Syriac- Jacobite area and has been since the C4. Visited the Mor Gabriel Monastery, which has operated ...
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