Day Ten, Sanliurfa, Harran, Gobekli Tepe, Turkey
I started out my day in Sanliurfa, Turkey at a Muslim holy place and ended it at the oldest civilization ever discovered.
This is the place that according to tradition, Nimrod had Abraham prepared to be a sacrifice and placed him on a funeral pyre. However, God turned the fire into water and the burning coals into fish.
This is the legendary Pool of Sacred Fish (Balıklıgöl) where Abraham was thrown into the fire by Nimrod. The pool is in the courtyard of the mosque of Halil-ur-Rahman, built by the Ayyubids in 1211. The courtyard is where the fish thrive. A local legend says seeing a white fish will open the door to the heavens.
Just a short walk down the lane is a mosque on the site where it is said that Abraham was born. Before entering the Mosque people can get a drink and wash up.
Under this first dome is a place to wash the feet. You can see little seats with a tap in front at foot level. Behind the fence is the Great Mosque of Urfa.
Here is this cave where it is said that Abraham was born.
The Great Mosque of Urfa was built in 1170, on the site of a Christian church the Arabs called the "Red Church", probably incorporating some Roman masonry. Contemporary tradition at the site identifies the well of the mosque as that into which the towel or burial cloth (mendil) of Jesus was thrown.
The history of Sanlıurfa is recorded from the 4th century BC. It was one of several cities in the Euphrates-Tigris basin, the cradle of the Mesopotamian civilization. According to Turkish Muslim traditions Urfa (its name since Byzantine days) is the biblical city of Ur of the Chaldees, due to its proximity to the biblical village of Harran.
Also here in Sanliurfa is the traditional place where Job was born, lived and was healed and restored.
We then moved on the Harran where Abraham lived. Many people here live in these cone homes that keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Here is the ceiling view (I put my camera on the floor pointed straight up) of one of the cone homes.
Gobekli Tepe, Turkey is the oldest civilization ever discovered. It is dated at 10,000 BC making it 1000 years older than Jericho... I know some of you as well as I question civilization being that old...
Göbekli Tepe Turkish: is a Neolithic hilltop sanctuary erected at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, some 15 kilometers northeast of the town of Sanlıurfa.
Here is another circle of stones supported in place with wood and metal.
As the sun was setting Mike Martin and I were driving back towards civilization. We drove over the Euphrates River and stopped to take this picture of a large dam.
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