Cave of Abraham
Cave of Abraham
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Linda M
Saudi Arabia87 contributions
Jun 2021
It’s not particularly exciting, and you don’t even get to go in a real cave. But, if you’re in Urfa you absolutely have to go. IF it’s the cave where Abraham was born then it is also the birthplace of monotheism. I mean, you have to go.

It won’t take long to see it. Admission is free. Be sure to take a head covering (women.) And let your mind travel back in time to what may have been!
Written June 3, 2021
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David D
1,205 contributions
Nov 2022
Abraham is the traditional site of the birthplace of Abraham and it is here that he is said to have been hidden from the wicked King Nimrod. It is a place of worship, at the foot of the castle hill. It can be entered through the courtyard of the mosque, and is split into two sections for men and women. There are queues to enter, as it is a very small area and popular with many pilgrims. It doesn’t take too long to see however.
Written November 21, 2022
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Erhan Yildirim
Türkiye2,383 contributions
Nov 2020
MEVLID-I HALIL (DERGAH) mosque and cave (Abraham prophet mosque) and cave
All Abrahamic religions (monotheistic.. jews, Christians, Muslims,) is the cave and mosque where the Prophet Abraham, his ancestor and Prophet, was born ..first the structure of a pagan temple in the Seleucid period(4th century BC) more sonraa a synagogue by the Jews of the later Arameans (he has)a small church in the time of (katakomp) then monofizit Yakubians by 5-6 century, a large church, and finally as a mosque in the 16th century have been used..the mosque consists of 3 parts; its courtyard consists of the cave where the Prophet Abraham was born and the main building of the mosque where he was worshipped.the Prophet Abraham is constantly told about his struggle with the pagan king nemrut in 2000 BC.the Prophet Abraham is the ancestor and prophet of all Muslims through one son Isaac and the other son Ishmael of all Christians and Jews..
Written November 24, 2020
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
Jul 2021
The place was packed with local crowd celebrating Bayram. It was a very good visit but a bit of a line to visit the pool and then the cave. Do not pay fore than 1TL for the fish food. Enjoy a late afternoon stroll in the nearby market too.
Written July 28, 2021
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101GeordieGirl
Newcastle, UK170 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
So this cave is where the prophet Ibrahim, known in the Bible as Abraham, was born. I had no idea of its existence and since this is the birthplace of the father of Christianity, Judaism and Islam it is really significant.
The area is of interest to people of faith and no faith although the reactions of some can make you feel uncomfortable. It's best to visit on weekdays in the morning otherwise it can become quite congested and crowded.
There is a glass partition which gives a view of the inner cave. The cave is within the compound of the beautiful Mevlid-I Halil Mosque which has many other fascinating stories and legends attached to the site.
Ibrahim was born in Mesopotamia, in an area referred to as Edessa which is now Sanliurfa. The Bible uses the name "Ur" for the district. Had it not been for my hosts, in truth I would never have known the site existed.
The cave is accessed through the courtyard of the mosque. Bearing in mind this is a religious site don't forget to take a headscarf and dress modestly.
What I found amazing, bearing in mind this is supposed to be the birthplace of one of the world's greatest prophets, is the discreet way in which it is treated. Ibrahim's mother gave birth in a cave and hid her child there for seven years, from the evil king we know as Nimrod who wanted to kill all newborn males who could pose a threat to his reign, topple him from his throne, and change the Pagan religion of the time.
Ibrahim is known through all three monolithic faiths as the man who was prepared to sacrifice his son to God.
The entrance to the cave is very low so watch your head!
Written December 19, 2018
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moviegeekjn
Phoenix, AZ1,925 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
By tradition, this is where prophet Abrham was born. Islam has more stories about the prophet than most adherents of Judaism and Christianity, so you can learn more here (or research further).

Next to the cave entrance is a new and much larger mosque to handle large numbers of visitors. A small separate entrance remains at the old mosque with women on the left and men on the right.
Written October 29, 2019
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agalro
Bucharest, Romania26 contributions
Sep 2018
Sanliurfa, a great discovery for me!
The holy fish pond is very special, having a beautiful legend behind (of prophet Abraham). You can also go inside the cave of the prophet, a holy place, but very crowded! Worth to visit. Allocate 2-3 days for Sanliurfa. This way you have the opportunity to visit Gobekli Tepe and Harran village....
Written November 7, 2018
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gabcsi_11
budapest237 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
I spent some days in Urfa this summer and I can say it was one of the most stunning spots I had seen in Turkey. Everything in Urfa is about Abraham! I was astonished to walk around and I was so lucky to be there on Abraham's day of birth when there were crowds of people coming here to celebrate this great day after several thousands of years! It was unbelievable! I have never seen such a huge crowd. All over the city in the parks around the cave people were sitting and waiting for the ceremonies. When we went to the Mosque I was shocked to see the number of people pouring into it. The mosque is wonderful. Then we went to the cave itself which opens from the mosque. There are of course two parts: one for men and the other for women. I had a scarf on my head to cover but some women looked at me so angrily that I asked them whether it wasnt enough. Suddenly they smiled and became friendly and showed me a lot of hijabs hanging on the wall. I took one put it on and they smiled to me. I entered one of the holiest places on earth! I was in a high spiritual condition. All the women around me were praying and doing things I did not know. I looked at everything carefully. I saw the cave (in front of it there is a glass wall) and tried to imagine that the great man was born here. What could it be like?
Everyone should visit the cave and the whole area. What is more: one should visit Urfa once in his/her life!
Highly recommended!
Written December 11, 2015
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SVDivvaakar
New Delhi, India291 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I had no idea that Sanliurfa is almost as important as Mecca and Medina as a pilgrimage place. This place I went to is where it is said Abraham was burned alive, and the flames turned to water. A beautiful pond, full of fish waiting to be fed, a nice garden and the two tall minarets atop the hill, and many caves (I didn't go inside as I am uncomfortable in cramped spaces)

all ending with a great dinner
Written March 30, 2019
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jeanninelehman
sarasota FL500 contributions
Nov 2018
I loved this place. So peaceful and serene. Great place to people watch too. Be sure to feed the fish. 1 tl...
Written November 24, 2018
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Cave of Abraham - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)