Visit Mardin in Southeast Turkey

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

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Mardin is a city in Mesopotamia. It has a city center made of limestone. Cars are not allowed in the small streets, so it is a great place to walk, explore, and get lost admiring the shops and stalls.




Mardin is the home to Syriacs, a people group that can date their origins to 2200 BC. Mardin was the home to Turkic Artuqid between the 12th and 15th centuries.


What Can I See When Visiting Mardin?

Kırklar Kilisesi. You can see the Church of the Forties, Kırklar Kilisesi, a Syriac church that dates back to the 10th century.


Zinciriye Medresesi. Do not misss the Zinciriye Medresesi located on the hill towards the citadel. Zinciriye Medresesi was built by the Artuqids in 1385.


Mardin Castle. Visit the Citadel by getting close to the fortress in the backstreets and alleys in the old city. Note: do not cross the barbed wires into the military zone.


Deyrulzafaran Monaster. Five kilometers out of the city visit the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Deyrulzafaran Manastırı in Turkish. Once a pagan temple dedicated to the sun god, the monastery converted to Christianity around the time of Jesus. Be sure to visit the cafe and purchase a bag of local flavorful tea to take with you. Visiting hours are 9 am to 5 pm but closed 12 pm noon to 1 pm for lunch.


How Long Does it Take to Walk Around Mardin?

Visiting all the sites in Mardin and seeing all the streets will take you at least a day. It will take longer if you want to shop and make your way slowly through the streets.


What Can I Do with Kids in Mardin?

The limestone streets of Mardin are free of cars. Occasionally you will pass a man leading a horse. The kids can take a ride in the limestone streets for a small fee. As you shop in the markets, shopkeepers will give your children treats and sweets. Just take your children with you and let them enjoy the history!


Is it Good for Kids and Toddlers?

Just a warning, keep a close eye on your little while in the Deyrulzafaran Monastery. Speaking from experience, there are cute little carts - 2000 years old- that your four year old boys will absolutely squeal for joy when he jumps in it. The young tour guide will not be very impressed or pleased.


Other than that, there is a lot of walking. The sidewalks are not very smooth. You can consider traveling with a jogging stroller or a carrier.


What are the Age Restrictions?

No age restrictions.


Where is Mardin?

Mardin is the in southeast of Turkey


How do I get to Mardin?

You can fly, take a bus, or arrange for private transportation to Mardin.


If you travel with SilkRoad Moments, then your transport to Mardin will be arranged for you.


How Much Are Tickets?

Seeing Mardin is free.


Where Can I Get Tickets?

No tickets required.


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