Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 9.12.1988 List Reference: 485 Criteria: Natural/ Cultural   SACRED LAND CLAD IN WHITE According to the legend that spread the mystery of Hierapolis to the wide world, an ugly shepherd girl, fed Click More »

Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is situated at a Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

EDIRNE Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 27.06.2011 List Reference: 1366 Criteria : Cultural A Master work of Classical Ottoman Architecture Edirne was the capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the Click More »

Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 28.11.1986 List Reference: 377 Criteria: Cultural   OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Hattusha, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire during antiquity, has been in the List of World Heritage since 1986 on cultural Click More »

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985   List Reference: 358 Criteria: Cultural     THE MOSQUE WHERE STONES WERE DRESSED WITH LOVE   The first Turkish building inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Great Mosque and Click More »

City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List   Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.   Click More »


Hatay: Located at Turkey’s southern tip, Hatay is a center of civilization abounding in historical and cultural legacies in every corner. The city is positioned at the geographical location connecting Anatolia the Middle East and has an incomparable historical heritage Click More »


Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses in Turkey Shopping is an indispensable part of our daily life. Outlet shops have become the addresses for cheaper shopping. Many brands manufacture cheaper products especially for their outlets. List of some outlet center Click More »


Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »


Hasankeyf: a fairytale city located on both sides of Dicle (Tigris) River and among the most important trade, science and cultural centers of the ancient times  

It is supposed that this amazing historic site was originally founded as one of the two towers established for the protection of the area upon the order of Byzantine Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.

The ancient city has rapidly flourished due to its central position by Dicle River and its engagement in trade aided by river transportation. Hasankeyf, which came under the domination of many civilizations ranging from the Byzantines to the Umayyads and the Abbasids to Ayyubids, lived its most brilliant period under the reign of Artukids.

Dicle (Tigris) River is the major life source of Hasankeyf which encompasses a variety of historical monuments belonging mostly to the Ayyubi and Artukids period. The river is effective on the region’s climate and brings along mild winters.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit Hasankeyf soon as the site is under the risk of inundation as part of the Ilısu Dam Project as part of the larger GAP Project.


The home of innumerable monuments bearing the traces of history, Hasankeyf is ready to welcome visitors!
According to findings obtained, Hasankeyf castle which played a major role in the establishment of the city was built in the 4th century during the Byzantine Era. The site became one of the major settlements of the region before long due to the security of the castle and structural safety works conducted on site. The interior of the fort includes many residential areas including Büyük Saray (Big Palace), Küçük Saray (Little Palace) and Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque).
The entrance gate of the castle bearing an inscription of the Ayyubids is positioned by the stairs leading to the interior of the magnificent fort.
Hasankeyf houses also the largest stone bridge of the Medieval Age. The bridge said to be built in the 12th century by the Artukids is still intact in the present day.
The grand palace located north of the castle is supposedly from the Artukian period. Yet, no solid proof has been found pertaining to its date and by whom it was made as the epigraph of the palace is still buried under earth.
It is supposed that the Grand Mosque, El-Rizk Mosque, Koc Mosque and Kızlar Mosque exemplify the Eyyubi architecture of the region.
The Imam Abdullah and Zeynel Bey tombs located in Hasankeyf are also worth the visit.
Hasankeyf is the ideal location to visit if you want to get enchanted by a town with a unique historical facade.


An important center of many civilizations and empires, Hasankeyf attracts attention for the Hasankeyf Culture and Art Festival.
Organized with the participation of many guests from all around the globe, the festival becomes the scene of new activities every year.

How can I get there?

Hasankeyf, with its eye-catching and historical monuments is located 35 km to Batman city center and in 20 minutes distance.
The Batman airport accommodates domestic flights from Istanbul 7 days per week. Having arrived in Batman you can continue your journey by renting a car or taking one of the buses to Hasankeyf.
Vacationers who like to travel by road can take any of the intercity buses leaving from any city in Turkey to Batman province. The shuttle services and buses leaving from the Batman Bus Terminal will take you to Hasankeyf in short time.
Right now it’s your time to explore this dreamlike antique city!