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Harran

Address: Turkey
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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brussels
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Before I went, I did not realise that much of the town consists of the old style beehive houses and that most are still inhabited. There are two that are in a perfect state of repair. They cater for tourists with tea, souvenirs and clothes so you can dress up and have your photo taken. It is worth visiting one... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

You dont need a tourguide. Walk around and read aloud. very easy to find ruins and understand them. Guides tell you they ll protect you from kids asking money, dont worry kids wont hurt you. There are coffee shops outside, dont drink there, a big time rip off.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
85 helpful votes 85 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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
19 helpful votes 19 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
72 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
46 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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