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

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A Lot to Take In

The beehive houses seem to be the major draw but for me more of a tourist curiosity reminiscent of Cappadocia and Kodak moment. However, the location within the old city walls and... read more

Reviewed March 27, 2016
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

That place was built in 1100-1300 AC. The houses around the old mosque at least 300 years old and they made of soil and hay mixture. Extremely healthy and excellent for health. You should sleep at least one night inside that old house and than compare your feelings with the feelings when you wake up in your house. If you... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed March 27, 2016

The beehive houses seem to be the major draw but for me more of a tourist curiosity reminiscent of Cappadocia and Kodak moment. However, the location within the old city walls and proximity to the observatory/old mosque made the visit an added plus. You are pretty much on your own even with a guide as much is still fenced off... More 

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Reviewed December 8, 2015

In a negative way, habitant became touristique in the point of 2007. To see beehive houses, Syrian side village was better. But in recent situation, it's the choice to visit there.

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Birkirkara
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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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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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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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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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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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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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