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Midyat

About 65 km east of Mardin lice sprawling medians wheat a drop new section, Estel, linked by three kilometers of potholed hükümet caddesi to the inviting old Town. Midyat has lots of potential but is not as touristy as Mardin, mostly because it lacks Mardin's hillside setting. İt is definitely worth a visit nonetheless.

The centerpiece of the old part of town is merely a traffic roundabout. Close by, honey colored houses are tucked away behind a row of jewelry shops. Here, the alleyways are lined with houses whose demure doorways open onto huge courtyards surrounded by intricately carved walls, windows and recesses. Watch out for the many curved fırın (ovens) in the streets shared by neighboring families.

Like that of Mardin, Midyat's Christian population suffered in the early 20th century and during the last few decades, and much of the community has emigrated. There are 9 Syrian Orthodox churches still in use in the town, through only for regularly hold services. Although you can see the steeples,  it is hard to find the churches in the maze of streets so the best option is to accept one of the local guides,who are likely to be hot on your heels

Getting  there and  away

 

Rattly minibuses regularly ply the bumpy route from outside the Saray Lokantası to old Midyat to save you the charmless walk. Most services leave from old Midyat, some 100 m north of the roundabout along the road to Batman. Minibuses from here leave at least hourly for Hasankeyf and Batman (€3,1,5 hrs, 82 km) and Mardin (€3,1,5 hrs) Minibuses for Cizre leave from just south of the roundabout on the Cizre Road.

Minibuses from Mardin will pass through the new town, then drop you off at the roundabout in the old town. You could easily base yourself in Midyat and make a day trip to Mardin or Hasankeyf