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Harran Ruins

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Address: Harran, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Day trip to Harran and surrounding area

We had taken Sanliurfa as our base for two nights to visit Harran and other sites in the area. We left Urfa with our hired car south towards the Syrian border in the morning to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We had taken Sanliurfa as our base for two nights to visit Harran and other sites in the area. We left Urfa with our hired car south towards the Syrian border in the morning to reach Harran on a very good road in less than an hour. We visited two of the beehive houses which is one of the attractions... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A day in Harran was very adventurous. The houses were outstanding and the people were very authentic. Spoke to them and had a cup of coffee.

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Merrtt Island, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Hurran itself can be seen in a day if you start from Sanliurfa 40km away. But if you want to see the nearby sights, you will need at least 2 days and probably 3 days and a good plan to cut out the backtracking and eating up you time. A local guide could be helpful, but finding one that really... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

In my second visit to Harran Ruins, I noticed that this historical place has been commercialized with entry fee 5 TL with extra unofficial guide! We thought the guide was part of the fee as we were informed that somebody from "University of Harran" would provide the information about the sites for free! The unofficial guide started from Harran Ruins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The site of the ancient ''Sumatar'', a Sabian place of worship for the moon god Sin from about AD 150 to AD 200.

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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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