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City Walls

Address: Diyarbakir, Turkey
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Ranked #5 of 22 Attractions in Diyarbakir
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: These four-gated walls were restored in 349 AD during the reign of Constantinus III of Rome, and...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: These four-gated walls were restored in 349 AD during the reign of Constantinus III of Rome, and they surround the old part of the city. They are also famed for being the second largest walls in the world after the Great Wall of China.
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Voorburg, The Netherlands
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The walls alone could be a reason to visit Diyakbakir. I have never seen a town with the same huge wall and towers and most of them in good condition. The wall surround the whole town.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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198 reviews 198 reviews
113 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

These huge black basalt city walls, incredibly thick and impregnable, have protected Diyarbakir for over 1,000 years. Apparently, they can be seen from space, by satellite. We walked around them and watched the sun set from on top of them. Magical!

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Ottawa, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
55 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Being a fan of both Islamic-world and medieval military architecture, these walls were great to explore. There are many places where you can climb them, some of the best or most obvious lookouts being the great gate at Dağkapı in the north and, especially, the Keçi Burcu or "Goat Tower" in the south which has great views onto the valley... More 

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Hamburg
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

authentic unrestored wall integrated into the modern city! provides excellent impression of the modern day Diyarbakir and the historic city both

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very extensive 5.5km walls and towers. Great views of the surrounding countryside as well as of the old and new city

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Reading, UK
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30 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Large, dark, basalt city walls. Distant vies of the Tigris. Not usually one to worry about "Health and Safety", but there are few restrictions to a very long drop to the ground if you step back for a better view. Worth a short visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

I ignored the information and the hotel's advice, and I went alone. Well, some young men were sitting there waiting for a female foreigner to pass by on her own. A guy from a group who were staring walked up to me and started speaking Turkish. He got face to face and wouldn't leave. I immediately called for a group... More 

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Shanghai, China
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34 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

It is impressive to see so much of the city wall still remains. At the beginning of the Republic they wanted to destroy it but luckily it is saved. If you go outside the wall from the Mardin gate you can take a nice picture. Also I would recommend to walk up the wall and look over the Hevesel Gardens... More 

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Duhok, Iraq
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Amazing how they built this wall, most of it still in good shape and it can be found around the old city of Diyarbakir

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Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We walked the length of the walls - an unforgettable experience. They're without question the city's greatest asset and reason enough in themselves to go there.

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