Home of famous men of science, the
Assyrian capital Harran, where Anatolia's oldest mosque is found, was the
ancient gateway to Mesopotamia.
" ...It was hotter than blazes. You could find no shade there, nor take a breath comfortably. Founded on a bare plain, in the middle of the steppe... Stripped of its dressing of green..." So does the famous traveler Ibn Jubayr, who stopped in Harran in June 1184, describe the burning soil of this land. But Harran's magnificent ruins and still vibrant traditional fabric make you forget the heat. The incredibly clear blue of the firmament and the enchanting panorama of the earth's boundless geometric plane begin to draw you in. For Harran stands at the gateway to the vast Mesopotamian plains. At the intersection of the ancient civilizations and faiths that converged here from south to north, east to west, or the reverse. Forty-four km south of Sanliurfa, this age-old settlement takes its name from 'Harran',
which means journey and caravan in the language of Sumer and Akkad. And, having
borne its title and presented its credentials for more than five millennia,