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These four-gated walls were restored in 349 AD during the reign of Constantinus III of Rome, and they surround the old part of the city. They are also famed for being the second largest walls in the world after the Great Wall of China.
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Öner Ergüven Tour Guide
Istanbul, Türkiye42 contributions
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Nov 2020 • Business
Diyarbakır city walls, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, are the longest walls in the world after the Chinese wall with a length of approximately 5 thousand meters. It is also the oldest and highest, including the Great Wall of China. Its first construction date goes back to the Hurri civilization in the 2000s B.C it hosted many civilizations. It took its current form with the Roman in the 6th century. There are reliefs and inscriptions belonging to many civilizations on the walls of Diyarbakır, which has a total of 82 towers. The walls, which are about 10-12 meters high and 3-5 meters wide, were built with very strong, black basalt stones from the Karacadağ volcanic mountain. Diyarbakır, a heavily Kurdish settlement, is one of the places worth seeing with its walls, unique architecture, lively city life, rich history and culture.
Written November 21, 2020
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Guven D
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Nov 2019
Its the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China.
You can walk on the wall and you can visit the old city.
They have also one day in a week a fruit and vegetable market very near to the walls, when you have time must visit it and is very cheap.
Written August 12, 2020
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Marek_ZG
Zielona Gora, Poland1,983 contributions
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May 2024 • Business
The construction of Diyarbakir City Walls goes back to the Roman times. They have remained largely intact and run for 5 km, surrounding the city. This places Diyarbakir City Walls on the podium as the second longest and widest walls in the world (after the the Great Wall of China).
Written May 7, 2024
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I walked the entire perimeter of these walls with my local guide. They are very impressive with some nice views of the Tigris River and the nearby farms. Several key spots along the walls are undergoing restoration so the walking tour will only get better. Be sure to stop to see the Tower of 3 Brothers.
Written June 25, 2021
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GeertClaeys100
Brugge10 contributions
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Sep 2015 • Couples
Not only the city walls in Diyarbakir are dangerous, the enire town is really dangerous for tourists.Be very carefull in Diyarbakir! We stayed there one night in September 2015 in Hotel Büyük Kervanserail. We were aware of the dangers and warnings in Diyarbakr from the travel guides. The hotel offered no food in the evening, we had to walk in the dark to a restaurant a bit further on - good kebap. We were robbed, stolen our money and hotel key, locked out of our hotel room and belongings. Very little help from the police, the hotel was also very reluctant to help us out. Got help from American archeology professor with Kurdish guide, fortunately. Very stressfull situation, ruined our holiday feeling. Although Diyarbakir is a very interesting place for history lovers. If you are lucky to have local friends, guiding you around, it might be much safer. Shame to the locals to treat tourists and guest that way. Geert Claeys & Dries Vermeulen, Belgium
Written November 28, 2015
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aguvenis
Istanbul, Türkiye229 contributions
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Apr 2011
The City walls of Diyarbakır with it's 82 towers is the first in terms of the size and the hight of its towers and second in term of length following the famous Great Wall of China.

With four gates , the walls are almost intact believed first to be built around 3000 BC . The walls took its shape that has survived today around 396 AD during the reign of Constantinus and then later Emperor Justinianus.

The total length of the city walls is about 5,5 km , height around 12,m and the depth about 5 m in which you can find the old city and most of the attractions in Diyarbakır . There are many reliefs of animals, fruits and incriptions from around 26 different civilizations on the black bazalt city walls .

Today, Keci Burcu one of the 82 towers next to Mardin kapı, an eastern Roman tower believed to be built on an ancient temple of sun, is used as a cultural center and cafe where you can observe the beautiful gardens of Hevsel, ( the fruit and vegetable garden of the area since ancient times) and Tigris river from top. There is no fee to visit towers. You can observe the walls while walking in the old city ,
Written March 14, 2012
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Malavaan
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
I ignored the information and the hotel's advice, and I went alone. Well, some young men were sitting there waiting for a female foreigner to pass by on her own. A guy from a group who were staring walked up to me and started speaking Turkish. He got face to face and wouldn't leave. I immediately called for a group of older men who were sitting close by, and showed them the guy who was harassing. They quickly jumped in, faced the harasser, and indicated with hand gestures that I should get away. Also, I hear from people that the walls are not safe after sunset, even for men.
Written June 20, 2013
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,668 contributions
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Nov 2020 • Solo
I found several different stores about this wall about length and gates. I visited several gates and Mardin kapı is my favorite
Written November 24, 2020
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stuartnufc
Glasgow, UK252 contributions
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Mar 2020
Spent a morning walking around the walls, at one place we were able to go up on top and the view was amazing. A large part of the wall is still intact and it is very impressive.
Written March 1, 2020
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traveller2007
London, UK115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Business
the views, the history, the fact that locals got for a walk there
Written March 5, 2012
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