Saturday, July 13, 2013

The ancient hillside city of Mardin, Turkey

The ancient city of Mardin is located on a hilltop in southeastern Turkey. It is one of the oldest settled areas in upper Mesopotamia.

We visited the Deyrulzafaran Monastery built in the 5th century A.D.

The gardens in the monastery

The guidebook says women need to dress modestly to visit the monastery.

t-shirts for sale

Cafeteria in Arabic and Turkish

View from the monastery lobby

Inside the monastery

Gwenn, Michelle, and Phyllis visit the monastery

A door in the monastery

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I don't know how Turkish women wear long sleeves with long overcoats and head scarves in this 100+ degree weather. I felt overdressed like this.

The old town of Mardin built on a hillside

I seem to have a thing for doors today.

I'm crazy about this Ayran drink. It's a thin, salty unsweetened yogurt drink that's foamy and delicious.

It's funny with the fame of Turkish coffee that so many people drink Nescafe here.

At the

Sakıp Sabancı Mardin City Museum

Tombstones in Arabic and other languages

Mardin is famous for craftspeople. This is an example of painting on fabric

The museum is very new and features many interesting videos. This artist learned her trade from her grandfather, but she's sad that the younger generations aren't interested in learning these dying arts.

The museum had a nice mix of photos, exhibitions, models and explanations in English and Turkish.

Kohl is used as eyeliner in many Arab countries and India

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