Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will visit the traditional town of the Syriac monastery of Deyrul Zafaran, one of the oldest in the world. For 640 years (until 1932), the monastery was the residence of the Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch. The site was named Deyrul Zafaran (Saffron Church) for the saffron grown in its surroundings. Assyrians from all over the world come every year to pray and be blessed here.
Next, we will visit the center of Mardin. The city stretches along the slopes of a mountain crowned by its fortress. It is a caramel-hued villa with the massive dome of the Ulu Camii Mosque, an Iraqi Seljuk built in the 12th century, located in the small but intricate labyrinth of alleys in the urban center. We will pass through the Zinciriye madrasa, whose minarets rise in the middle of the historic center. The main artery of the old town is Cumhuriyet Street. The vast and chaotic bazaar is scattered, like delicate works in copper and brass or the famous Aleppo soaps, and where the smell of fresh bread is never lacking.
Later, departure to Diyarbakir, one of the most important cities in the area, known in classical times as Amidiya, was annexed by Rome in 297 AD and became an essential part of the defense line between the Roman Empires and Partosanida of Persia. On the route, we will visit Zerzevan Castle. It was the first temple built by the Eastern Roman Empire in the 4th century as a military base on the old trade route between Diyarbakir and Mardin, which was in use until the 7th century. This houses the last temple of Mithras discovered in the world. Archaeological excavations at the site revealed the existence of underground structures. Arrive in Diyarbak1r, and we begin the visit of the historic center and its religious monuments on foot, entering its walls, to walk through its narrow, bustling, and full-of-life streets. We stopped at the Hasan Pasa Hani caravanserai, now a mandatory stop for tea, before visiting the Great Mosque, the most important of the twenty-two in the city and the oldest in Anatolia, built initially as a Christian cathedral called "Santo Tomas.” We continued visiting the Minaret of the four feet, built by Kasim Khan.
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