My (first) time in Urfa

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My first time in Urfa


The beginning of a great trip and a even greater friendship!!!

All began because of the TB website here ;-)
I got into contact with Fatih... first to help him improving his German, but step by step we became friends, talking more
and more and also I was really fascinated by his Sanliurfa photos - I wanted to see Balikligöl and all these wonderfull
places with my own eyes.
View from the plane shortly before landing in Urfa


Sanliurfa - some facts:
Şanlıurfa is a very old city and its history dates as far back as 8000 BC.

Şanlıurfa (glorious Urfa) is a city of pilgrimage, sacred to Muslims, Christians, and Jews as the birthplace of Abraham. 
According to Iegends, Abraham fervantly believed in a single god. King Nemrut (Nimrod) launched Abraham from a catapult from the city's castle to fall into a pile of burning wood. Happily, God intervened and turned the fire into water and the faggots to fish, which make up water and fish in the so called baliklegöl (fishlake). Nimrod's daughter, Zeliha, was infatuated with Abraham and pleaded with her father not to sent him into the flames. When she saw Abraham jump into the blaze, she plunged in after him. Where she fell turned into the Ayn-i Zeliha Pond.

Balikligöl at night
The cruel ruler's giant slingshot is represented by two Corinthian columns still standing atop the castle.

Being sooo excited - the 1st day in Urfa ;-))
Finally I was sitting in the plane from Frankfurt (Germany) via Istanbul to Sanliurfa - and I was soooo excited! Meeting Fatih the first time and all the new things I would see... ;-))
The start of my week in Urfa wasn't so luckily cause my baggage didn't arrive. (I got it 2 days later - that meant shopping
at the first evening for toothbrush and so on *lol*).
Anyway, I met Fatih and his friend Deniz in the city center of Urfa and I was really so excited to meet them! ;-)

First they brought me to our hotel - Yildiz Seray - what was really a nice choose by Fatih :-)

Right in the first evening we went to many great places like Balikligöl, the castle and so on....my feet were burning cause my
walking shoes were in the baggage that didn't arrive - haha.

We (I was coming to Urfa with my Mum) were staying for almost 1 week and during that week we were travelling to several
places near Urfa.
Deniz, me, Nagehan and Fatih


The week passed by too fast
During that week I found two really good friends...
Fatih, who is like my brother and - (our slogan): we will be forever and ever friends!!!!
and Deniz - who became a very important person during that week for me.

Fatih has already written a very good Blog about Sanliurfa... so if you are interested see here:
http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/20791/The-city-of-Prophets-Sanliurfa-1

Below you can see some pictures from my (first) week in Urfa....
It definitely won't be my last one - cause as a myth is being told everyone who has climbed Urfas castle will come
back to this city one day - and I was on the top of the castle ;-))
But also I am missing my friends too much!

So --> I will be back asap !!!  ;-)

 
Melly_K says:
Unfortunatelly I didn't... but will read it when you advice it to me :-)
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
vances says:
Have you read "From the Holy Mountain" by William Dalrymple? Brings this area of Turkey (especially Urfa) to life...though somewhat sad.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
Melly_K says:
But the popular guy is my brother!
And my brother won t say anything bad about his sister - will he? ha ha ha
Posted on: May 24, 2008
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Sanliurfa airport
Sanliurfa airport
View from the plane shortly before…
View from the plane shortly befor…
Balikligöl at night
Balikligöl at night
Deniz, me, Nagehan and Fatih
Deniz, me, Nagehan and Fatih
me at the Balikligöl park
me at the Balikligöl park
Balikligöl at night 2
Balikligöl at night 2
the narrwow streets towards our fi…
the narrwow streets towards our f…
Yildiz Sarayi - our first hotel
Yildiz Sarayi - our first hotel
the courtyard of our hotel
the courtyard of our hotel
the courtyard again
the courtyard again
detail of our hotel
detail of our hotel
inside the hotel
inside the hotel
a fountain inside the courtyard
a fountain inside the courtyard
view to the courtyard from the bre…
view to the courtyard from the br…
my Mum at the entrance to our hotel
my Mum at the entrance to our hotel
the fishes from the fishlake (Bali…
the fishes from the fishlake (Bal…
Deniz, Fatih, Ozan and me
Deniz, Fatih, Ozan and me
Deniz, Ozan, Fatih and my Mum
Deniz, Ozan, Fatih and my Mum
my Mum
my Mum
my Mum, me, Deniz and Nagehan
my Mum, me, Deniz and Nagehan
Now that its raining more than ev…
Now that it's raining more than e…
me together with Deniz and Nagehan…
me together with Deniz and Nageha…
Balikligöl - such a great place t…
Balikligöl - such a great place …
Balikligöl again
Balikligöl again
near Balikligöl
near Balikligöl
the entrance at the mosque / Balik…
the entrance at the mosque / Bali…
detail of the archway
detail of the archway
in the park at Balikligöl
in the park at Balikligöl
the sea in the park / Balikligöl
the sea in the park / Balikligöl
the mosque
the mosque
again the mosque at Balikligöl
again the mosque at Balikligöl
near the bazar
near the bazar
playing backgammon with Deniz: I w…
playing backgammon with Deniz: I …
view to the castle
view to the castle
Urfas castle again
Urfas castle again
climbing the way up to the castle
climbing the way up to the castle
with my 2 forever and ever friends…
with my 2 forever and ever friend…
view from the castle
view from the castle
another view
another view
my Mum and Deniz
my Mum and Deniz
view from the top of the castle
view from the top of the castle
view to the mosque
view to the mosque
at the castle
at the castle
the rocks behind the castle
the rocks behind the castle
in the park
in the park
in the metalware bazar
in the metalware bazar
inside a garden - unfortunatelly i…
inside a garden - unfortunatelly …
I really love palm trees ;-)
I really love palm trees ;-)
Happy Mothers Day
"Happy Mothers Day"
our second hotel
our second hotel
view out of the hotel window
view out of the hotel window
Sanliurfa
photo by: Deats