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Harran

Turkey
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I went to Haran from Urfa main otogar, downstairs, 5tl each way. 'Guides' are at the dolmas door before you can get off, they tell you trail is 2km and too far to walk so you must go on motorbike. They tell you they want no money but practise English. I went alone because they were very annoying!! Beehive house... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
60 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The ruins of the world's first university and the first mosque to be built on Turkish soil are reason enough to come to Harran. Even if you haven't read your Bible (Harran is mentioned as early as Genesis 13) you can almost taste how old the town is. The surreal looking beehive houses, although not dating back to the 4th... More

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

If the Bible record is correct, and I have no reason to doubt it, Abraham was born in this area before moving to Ur of the Chaldees. The guide pointed out a building and described it as "the house where Abraham and Sarah were married and lived for some years". It's possible that the location is correct. However, archaeologists report... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Harran is just 50 km from Urfa. On the way you have to watch for the signs, since there are a few traffic signs only. We missed one,got lost, and ended up in a village just a couple of km from the Syrian boarder :-) It's is good to have a guide while in Harran. The guides are usually History... More

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Dakar, Senegal
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

From Salinurfa, Harran is quite close and an easy day trip. Well, it's supposed to be one of the oldest inhabitated spot in the region, and it's definitely worth going if you made your way till Urfa. Still, I don't believe it's worth going is you don't want to go East. If you go on your own, nothing difficult, mini... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Arranged day tour of area east of Sanliurfa with brilliant guide, Mustafa of Ugur hotel and his new VW minibus. It took 10hours and we saw amazing sites- one of our best days in 2 months of travel in Turkey. The area is less developed and you will not find many of the sites on your own. A photo shows... More

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San Francisco, California
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72 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

This was one of the pit stops from a tour I took from Mt. Nemrut to Urfa. All I remember was that the climate was so hot here. There were a lot of kids who would attempt to sell local products or beg. Harran is far --- almost to the border of Syria. The beehive houses are interesting and well-preserved.... More

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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124 reviews 124 reviews
38 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Located about 20 miles from the city of Şanlıurfa, Haran features some of the most unique dwellings (still in use) in Turkey. Constructed in the past few hundred years from mud bricks that were once part of the castle, the "beehive" homes are not only visually attractive but spacious, comfortable and extremely suited to the climate. While I doubt that... More

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Istanbul-Turkey
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149 attraction reviews
531 helpful votes 531 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

Harran area is famous for its differently shaped houses, vast plain lands, ancient ruins and more Arabic than Turkish culture. The remnants of the old Ulu Mosque are still very impressive. The houses create almost a medieval middle eastern atmosphere. There is a very touristic small courtyard surrounded by Harran type houses where you can dress yourself with Arabic clothes... More

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UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

If you're in this bit of Turkey, do go to Harran. But as soon as you step out of your vehicle, you will get picked up by a local guide who will go into an unstoppable spiel - yes, it's useful and interesting if you don't really know the history or the archaeology but some of what our young man... More

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