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Harran Ruins are genuine culture items of world history no doubt.
However the area of university and even town itself is quite neglected. Only few of beehive houses are remaining and they are converted into "culture houses" which you may have to pay.
The first thing is that once where you could just enter the Harran area where the bee hive houses are you now need a museum card or pay to enter.
Secondly the minaret and remains of the first centre of learning are fenced off so...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More