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DIYARBAKIR      


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Ulu Mosque (Center)


It is known as the fifth Harem-i Şerif in the Islamic world. After the conquest of Diyarbakir by the Islamic armies, Mar-Tama church which is the biggest Christian temple of the city, was converted into a mosque in 639 A.D. It was repaired in 1091 during the period of Great Seljuk Sultan, Meliksah. The mosque was repaired with the aids of the public in 1240, after it had been greatly demolished due to the earthquake and fire in 1115. This initial Islamic structure, which has a great value with its inscriptions belonging to different periods and its fountains on its courtyard, still attracts attention today as a group of monumental structures with two theological school and other structures around.


Behram Pasha Mosque (Center)


Mosque constructed by the 13th Ottoman Governor Behram Pasha, is among the most beautiful examples of the Ottoman architecture. The embroidered balcony of the mosque is an artistic wonder.


Seyh Matar Mosque (Center)


The four-feet minaret and the mosque, an Akkoyunlu piece of art, was constructed in 1500 by Sultan Kasım. The usage of kiln-dried wood on the columns is also a characteristic of the minaret. According to a belief, the wishes of a person who passes between the columns for seven times are realized.


Safa Mosque (Center)


The mosque, which was constructed in 1532, is an Akkoyunlu piece of art. Its minaret, which is rumored to have been preserved within a cover, is very elegant.


Virgin Mary Church (Center)


Remaining from the VIth century, the church repaired many times in the course of time. Its niche, remaining from the Bizantium period and its Roman shaped door attracts attention. There are the portraits of some saints within the church belonging to the Syrian Kadim Yakubi sect.