Companion Of The Tigris

With a splendid past, a rich cultural heritage and now oil, Batman presents the rainbow of culture that is Anatolia.

Batman lies encircled by the legendary Tigris and its tributaries on a plain watered by the Garzan and Batman Rivers. It is one of Southeast Anatolia’s most rapidly developing regions, thanks in large part to oil. The city’s population is growing by the day as the magical black gold attracts increasing investment. The rising population and newcomers from neighboring regions are turning Batman into a melting pot of virtually all the Southeast Anatolian cultures. Like scores of towns in Anatolia, this is a civilization measured in millennia. And Hasankeyf is one of the most precious of those cultural treasures.

Journey to the past
Hasankeyf naturally pops to mind at any mention of Batman. And why not? For Hasankeyf was the richest city of the Middle Ages. A stopover on trade and caravan routes, at the same time it also produced some very prominent men of learning. Enjoying a golden age under the Artukid and Ayyubid dynasties, Hasankeyf is actually just one of Batman’s many cultural gems. Apart from the large and small palaces that make up its main tourist attractions, Zeynel Bey Tomb, Imam Abdullah Dervish Lodge, the castle and monasteries at Sason and Kozluk, and the small cave mosques are some other extremely fascinating venues in the area.

Batman food trail
If you like to try different tastes, then Batman will surpass your expectations. In addition to the local ‘yayla’ yoghurt soup, lentil soup, ‘Şam’ beurek, ‘perde’ pilaff, and eggplant and zucchini either fresh or dried, the tart vine leaves filled with meat are some of Batman’s popular specialties. Not only that, all the dishes of Southeast Anatolia are tasty in this region where meat is king.

Malabadi Bridge
The historic Malabadi Bridge on the road from Batman to the town of Silvan in Diyarbakır province is a must-see cultural treasure for its architectural style and the designs on its towers.

Raman MountaIns
Oil derricks in the Raman Mountains, a range that harbors Turkey’s biggest reserves, are one of the city’s icons.