Sunday, 13 July 2014


Turkey has so many hidden gems; this time I learn about the city of Şanlıurfaoften simply known as Urfa in daily language (in ancient times Edessa). Urfa is located in the very south-east of Turkey, near the border with Syria, and has a population of about 500 000. 
According to Turkish Muslim traditions Urfa is the biblical city of Ur of the Chaldees, due to its proximity to the biblical village of Harran. However, based on historical and archaeological evidence, the city of Ur is today generally known to have been in southern Iraq, and the true birthplace of Abraham is still in question. For the Armenians, Urfa is considered a holy place since it is believed that the Armenian alphabet was invented there.
The postcard shows Balıklıgöl, or Fish Pool.... According to tradition, Nimrod had Abraham immolated on a funeral pyre, but God turned the fire into water and the burning coals into fish. The pool of sacred fish remains to this day.
Thank you, Mina :D

1 comment:

  1. Very beautiful! I prefer multi-view, but is looks very pretty.