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“Majestic complex in Old City” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zinciriye Medresesi

Zinciriye Medresesi
City Center, Mardin, Turkey
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Mardin
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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“Majestic complex in Old City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Also known as Sultan Isa Medresesi named after its founder, the Sultan of Artuquid Dynasty, built in 1385, is a fine example of Madrasha architecture, complexes used for Islamic education along with other branches like Law, Astrology, Math, Litrature, Philosophy. The complex is situated in the Old City of Mardin so it is easy to reach by foot if you do not count climbing many steps to hill on which it is built.

Walking from Mardin Museum to east on the main road in Old City you will notice the stairs climbing up, ending with a remarkable carved stone gate to Mardin Girl's Vocational School's courtyard, another impressive stone building form late Ottoman era built as school. After you pass through the courtyard of school , (which you may also visit the interior entrance of the building ) you have to climb several more steps to enter through the magnificently carved stone gate of the complex.

The building with two ribbed domes, two mescids one for Sunni's and one for Shiite's order, two courtyards, a tomb for the founder, and class rooms all built on two stories. The first courtyard has a pool representing the life cycle, common for the regional religious building. The view from archaded courtyards are breath taking . The building , housed Mardin Museum from 1947 to 2000 seems to be in good shape following the renovation held after opening of Mardin Museum at another location, yet when we visited the second floor was closed for visit.

There is no fee , easy to access but consider steps this well kept building with manicured courtyards could have used better explanation of its sections.

Visited April 2011
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