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Ancient of Mesopotamia
Mor Hananyo Opening Hours ⏰: The monastery is open every day from 09:00-11:30 and 14:00-17:30
Mor Hananyo entrance fee:💰 TRY 50 per person, including the guided tour
Cradled in the hills just outside Mardin in southeastern Turkey, overlooking the Mesopotamian plains, the Mor Hananyo Monastery is one of the oldest monastic churches still functioning. Founded in the 5th century, the monastery has since served as a centre of learning and worship for the Syriac Orthodox Church, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
This monastery, which was the residence of Syriac Orthodox patriarchs for 640 years until 1932, is the most visited monastery since it is close to Mardin.
How to get there?
Mor Hananyo Monastery is about 10 km outside Mardin by road. The best way to get here is by taxi or driving yourself. Negotiate a fare and waiting time with a taxi for your return journey, as the monastery is remote.
We visited Mor Hananyo on the way back to Mardin from Dara, which was very convenient as it was on the way.
Below is what we saw during our visit to Mor Hananyo Monastery:
1.Virgin Mary Church & Printing Press
2.Mor Hananyo Church
3.House of Saints
4.The Sun Temple
Is Mor Hananyo Monastery Worth a Visit?
Yes, we think so.
Visiting the monastery is an interesting experience showing the unique demographics of Mardin. While the Assyrian Christian community continue to dwindle, the monastery still holds on to its beliefs as ages ago.
Cultural significance aside, it’s a beautiful setting and pretty close to Mardin.
Göbeklitepe: The Oldest Tample of Humanity
📍Gobekli Tepe Örencik, 63290 Haliliye/Şanlıurfa
💰Entrance ticket: 90 TL.
⏰Opening hours: Daily from 8:30 to 17:30.
Gobekli Tepe about ten minutes from City of Urfa is known tobe the oldest (about 12000 years old) religious structure in the world.
This is a truly breath-taking glimpse of a Stone Age settlement, that was sophisticated and cultured.
The site dates back to 12,000BC but was discovered relatively recently. It's still under excavation, but the remains which have been unearthed are open to view and well-displayed. The bas-reliefs of animals are detailed and quite amazing: foxes, wild boar, camels and other creatures, easily identifiable on stone pillars. It's a short drive out of Sanliurfa, out in the countryside, but well worth the trip. Tourists flock in their millions to see the historic sights in Egypt. Yet this is SO much older, and hardly anyone has heard of it.
If you have the opportunity to visit this area, don't miss Gobekli Tepe, because it is wonderful.
Impressive Gladiator Amphitheater!
Side Amphitheater is one of the best remain of Greek amphitheater is sill good intact even after more than two thousands years.
Wonderful piece of history that is not a world heritage site, but perhaps should be when viewed alongside ancient Side. The building is large, originally seating 15000 people. When in use it had an orchestra pit where they held gladiatorial contests.
This is defintly worth a vist it only cost 100TL (turkish lira) to get in and is by far worth a visit. Givs u goosebumps.
Mardin Old Town City Magical Mesopotamia
This 6000 years old town city of Mardin located in Artuklu district Southeast Türkiye.
Mardin is an exotic place that transported us to another world and time. Perched on a hill overlooking the Mesopotamian plains, Mardin has a stunning location. We never got tired of peering down to the plains from above, which seemed different every time due to the changing light.
Its honey-coloured alleys reveal age-old stone mansions, bazaars, domed madrassas, hidden monasteries and towering minarets, while its cultural heritage is a fascinating blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Central Asian influences. You should really come to see this for yourself.
If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful and unique places to visit in Türkiye , put Mardin at the top of your list.
Ephesus - great theatre & library of Celsus
The former Greek city of Ephesus was once a flourishing regional hub and a centre of commerce. It was home to the fames Temple of Artemis, the Greek goddess, and also important site in the growth of the early church. The apostle Paul stopped several times on his missionary journeys to preach here.
1. Library of Celsus
Most impressive building in the Roman Empire.
Built in the second century
Housed thousands of scrolls but were destroyed by fire in the third century
2. Great theatre
Largest theatre in Asia Minor, able to seat 25,000.
Used to believe via music is a form of healing.
Beside performing, also used to fight for animals.
Must visit if you in Turkey.
Finding Gems at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
Take a deep breath, and plunge into this maze of 65 winding, covered streets crammed with 4,000 tiny shops, cafés, restaurants, mosques, and courtyards. Originally built by Mehmet II (the Conqueror) in 1461 over the main Byzantine shopping streets, the Grand Bazaar was rebuilt after fires in both 1943 and 1954. It's said that this early version of a shopping mall contains the largest concentration of stores under one roof anywhere in the world, and that's easy to believe.
Some of the most aggressive salesmanship in the world takes place here, so take yet another deep breath, and put up your guard while exploring. Oddly enough, though, the sales pitches, the crowds, and the sheer volume of junky trinkets on offer can be hypnotizing. Enjoy a glass of tea while you browse through leather goods, carpets, fabric, clothing, furniture, ceramics, and gold and silver jewelry. Remember, whether you're bargaining for a pair of shoes or an antique carpet, the best prices are offered when the would-be seller thinks you are about to slip away.
Drive You Crazy At The LOVE ❤️ Valley
Love Valley Cappadocia (or Baglidere Valley) derives its name from the tall soft rock structures that resemble some interesting phallic shapes.
Yes, these rock formations are a bit funny, It is called love because the chimney rocks are in the shape of a man's private organ (you know what) but they are also super cool to walk amongst (they can reach 100 feet into the air!). Love Valley Cappadocia’s unique landscape makes you feel like you are walking on the moon with its large mushroom shapes and arid vegetation.
One of the best valleys in Cappadocia, Love Valley Turkey has a lot to offer. From a great Cappadocia hike to the best Cappadocia sunrise experience, Cappadocia Love Valley is a must-see in the region.
Love Valley was one of my favourite valleys of Cappadocia because of the sunrise experience I had here. Watching the hot air balloons fly over the otherworldly scenery and across the golden horizon is a memory I will always cherish.
P. Ramlee Memorial House 🖤🤍
One of great hidden-gem in the heart of Kuala Kumpur. A biograph about legendary P.Ramlee from he was born until the day of his last breath. This place is actually his last residential house and now its a Memorial House. There so much info you can get from this place. On display were some of his works, his achievements and his life. A nostalgic visit definitely. 💕
They are playing his movies everyday and everytime, we can watch them for free. They are also selling some souvenir, worth a penny. I hope this place get it recognition especially young people to know more about his journey in local film. Everyone who growing up in Malaysia knows about his films and how he entertained us as kids and now as grown ups. I hope the current generation and the generation to come will appreciate how much of a genius and amazing he was. 🥰
A place to remember Malaysian great artist of all time. Very well maintained and clean but could probably include more interactive feature like guided tour, tour guide or even workshop about P Ramlee and filmmaking. Hope to see more in the future! 👍🏻✨
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Hang Jebat Mausoleum
#malaka I visited The Hang Jebat Mausoleum during my trip to Jonker Street recently.
📍The Hang Jebat Mausoleum placed the tomb of Hang Jebat, the legendary one of the 5 Hang Malaccan finest warriors (Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekiu & Hang Lekir).
The mausoleum is contained within a walled garden with several Islamic style engraving. The garden also has several display boards briefly describing the story of Hang Jebat in details. The garden & this historical area is well-kept. It’s worth for a quick visit to fill interest in the local history.
▶️ No Entrance fee.
The mausoleum is a small clean area within a walled garden and do not forget to close the gate when you leave.
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The historic Middelburg Bastion (Kubu)
#malaka Middelburg Bastion (Kubu Middelburg) was one of nine bastions (1/9 Kubu) of the Fortress of Malacca, situated in the Malacca City centre near Malacca River/ Sungai Melaka.
▶️This bastion was built during the fortification of Dutch in Malacca in 1660 and this historic bastion has been restored including its cannons by State government. It’s name is in reference to the city of Middelburg of Dutch and is open for visitors.
✅ Located nearby the historic red square and at the mouth of Malacca River which the bastion now is a popular place for photographs, clean and blends well with the surrounding historical area.
▶️ Entrance fee is not required.
The bastion is open, clean and have a stair to climb over to the top of bastion.
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Maldives island tour
Since we had time to spare while waiting for our flight at Velana airport, we decided to check out the island of Male accessible by ferry with a local tour guide. He brought us to a few key landmarks on the island and shared about the history behind it.
We saw the presidential palace, the famous Friday mosque, a war memorial museum and the first ever school that was built there. We also stopped by a cafe for some local coffee. Not bad, plus the guide was very friendly!
My overall rating of the experience: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Collection of Historicy
⏰ Side Museum open daily : 8:30 AM–7:45 PM
💰 Side Museum Entrance Fee : 100 ₺
Side welcomes visitors in a Roman bathhouse which was restored and converted into a museum in the ancient city.
It is an exciting place to visit as it has a lot of great artifacts which for the most part are not exchibited on the shelves but in a more natural way - inside the large Roman baths (dating 5th - 6th centuries A.D.) which were restored and converted into an archaeological museum and in the garden. You can feel a very special atmosphere there.
The sculptures of Gods and the reliefs of the sarcophagi are absolutely spectacular and testify to the highest level of skills of the artists of Asia Minor.
Despite of a very hot day, inside it felt pretty cool and there was a lot of shade which also contributed to the pleasant visit.
It would be interesting to visit it, even if you are not a connoisseur of history. However, if you are a history lover, we would recommend to read some information about Side prior to your visit and also pay attention to the signs and inscriptions there.
Enjoy your visit!
A Must Garden to visit in Wuyuan
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This is a must-visit when you go to Wuyuan. There is a lot of beautiful scenery in the garden, history and culture to be learned, and places to take pictures. Mostly, locals are friendly and helpful.
Ticket price: 78 rmb
Note: Rain or shine, it’s such a beautiful place to go to.
Hidden Gems Of Anatolia
The Kızılkoyun Nekropolü is located beneath the old town hill. It's on the slope oriented towards the Mosaic museum (literally across the street from it) and you cannot miss it.
There're more than hundred rock carved cave tombs dating back to 2,000 years to the time of the Edessa Kingdom Roman era.
This area is known for its diverse cave structures, including Roman tombs, reliefs, and mosaics. The calcareous soil of the region enables the formation of numerous caves. The total area of the site is approximately 5 hectares.
Best of all the site is totally free to visit with no entry fee.
If you’re planning a trip to Göbeklitepe or the nearby Harran, it is worth adding a full day to explore all the attractions in this beautiful city.
Charming Old Town With Stunning Night View
📍Old Town Of Side
The heart of Side is its charming old town, where you can wander through narrow streets lined with historic buildings, browse boutique shops, and sample delicious local cuisine.
With its 3,500 years of history, Side's old town will amaze you with ancient ruins from Roman and Byzantine times. These include:
Commercial Agora: The cultural and economic center of the city and a popular meeting place during the Roman period. It's located next to the ancient theater and houses a lot of ruins, such as the temple of Tyche, and a well preserved market street.
State Agora: Southeast of the Commercial Agora are the remains of the second-century State Agora, that was reserved for the elite circles in the city.
Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum): Near the outer city walls, you can find part of the Roman aqueducts dating from the 2nd century AD.
Roman Baths: The Roman Baths opposite the Commercial Agora probably date back to the 5th century. Since 1962, it has served as the Side Museum.
City Walls: Construction of the once six-kilometer-long city wall began in the late first century. It served to protect the city and some of it can still be visited today.
City Gate: Located near the Nymphaeum, the large main gate was first built as a free-standing structure and only later integrated into the city wall.
Colonnaded Road: A marble-paved street framed by columns that once led from the city gate to the old city center. Today, remains of the columns with original mosaics can still be seen and are a very popular photo motif.
South Basilica: This basilica was built right next to the two main Roman temples in the city, which were later incorporated into the atrium of the Byzantine church.
Monumental Gate: It was built on the Commercial Agora. Today, only the foundation walls are preserved.
Vespasian Monument & Gate: A fountain was erected next to the inner city gate in honor of the Roman Emperor, Vespasian.
Temple of Dionysus: Remains of the early Roman temple dedicated to the god of wine near the ancient theater.
Temple of Men: Along Barbaros Caddesi, you will find remains of a temple that was dedicated to Men, an Anatolian deity of the Moon.
In conclusion, Side Old Town is surely a hidden gem lying in wait for the tourists to explore, so keep it on your places to visit when you happen to go to Türkiye in future!
Eyup AS Prophet Patient Cave
One of the areas that have historical and tourist importance in Şanlıurfa is the Maqam of Hz. Eyyüp Prophet within the lands of Eyüpnebi neighborhood and giving the name to the three neighborhoods of the city.
This area which consists of a cave in which Hz. Eyyüp Prophet suffered and a well which consists of health water is also accepted as divine in the period of Syriac Christians. As a result of this belief, a hospital was
Seoul Demilitarized Zone Tour (DMZ)
A DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) tour in Seoul is a popular and educational excursion that allows visitors to learn about the history and ongoing tensions between North and South Korea. In short, the DMZ is a strip of land that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.
Tip: The tour can vary in terms of specific stops and duration, therefore advisable to book a tour with a reputable company that provides knowledgeable guides and adheres to safety regulations.
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