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Harran Ruins

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Address: Merkez Harran, Harran, Turkey
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Town with beehive houses.

The town of Harran is about 45km south of the city of Urfa in Southern Turkey. The town is known for the "trulli" houses shaped like a beehive and made of clay and what looks like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The town of Harran is about 45km south of the city of Urfa in Southern Turkey. The town is known for the "trulli" houses shaped like a beehive and made of clay and what looks like straw. Harran was once a significant holy place and apparently Abraham rested here on his way to Ur. Today it a little run down... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Considering that these homes were built as far back as 2500BC and people still live in them, still duplicate them, should be appreciated. It was close to 40'C when I visited Harran and I could feel the immediate cooling effect of the beehive homes when I walked in. I agree that there really isn't much to see, especially not of... More 

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Petaluma, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The ruins of the University area is blocked to visitors as work is going on there. The one beehive home open to visitors was more like a souvenir shop than a preserved museum.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We visited Globekli Tepe, Harran, and Sanliurfa Turkey in April 2015. Globekli Tepe had been a "must see" for me and it did not disappoint. I recommend that you consider a professional guide. Our guide, Onur Erturk, is an archaeologist and his knowledge added a great deal to our experience and understanding. He speaks excellent English. He blended in little... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

it is very impressive and it is earliest record from bc 2250. you can see ruins of one of the first university of the world. but unfortunately it is not good conditions. you can see the traditional houses... it is really interesting shapei they say it is perfect for that climate.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I went to Haran from Urfa and had a lovely day. We didn't see any children but were followed by a camel ...smile.... and the shop/beehive house managers and workers were very helpful. We went to the ruins and I was in aw that this was the first University in Turkey, followed by a camel which was amusing ....very enjoyable... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I caught a mini bus from the Urfa Otogar (6TL) to Harran (it took about an hour) and back and wandered around on my own. I got slightly harassed by teenage kids at the archaeological site, but such is life when you're a solo female traveller. In the end one a guy gave me a free guided tour to practice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you are in Harran you should visit this place. At almost some place you can see old historical houses with conical roofs, castle, city walls and ruins of the ancient university. But according guide book I bought they are not ruins of university but very old mosqe. Disadvantage is that you cannot come very close and you should pictures... More 

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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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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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