Cliff houses, authentic bazaars, narrow alleys, and an amazing panoramic view over Mesopotamia!
Monasteries, churches, madrasas, and numerous historical sites!
An atmosphere rich in history!
LOCATIONS IN MARDİN
Mardin is a unique blend of well-preserved historical beauties and modernization. Its museums, stone houses, bazaars, historical inns, and many other historical structures will take you back in time as you walk the streets of the old city.
Mardin offers a unique toolbox for filmmakers. It is monochromatic: all sandstone. Two magic words for the cinematography and post-lab teams! And aside from adding to the technical ease of your shoot, the sand-toned landscape reflects the golden light, providing magnificent vistas over the rooftops of ancient houses.
Located on a hill overlooking the Mesopotamian Plain, Mardin Castle has witnessed civilizations come and go over 1,600 years. Built atop a natural rock formation, the striking castle dominates all views of Mardin. The Zinciriye Madrasa, located at the foot of the hill on which the castle is located, presents an opportunity to take a closer look at the castle, and to take in a panoramic view of Mardin below.
Mardin is known as one of Turkey’s most cosmopolitan cities and is home to multiple religious communities and their sacred buildings. You can easily observe the mosques, monasteries, and churches side by side not only in the city center of Mardin but also in districts like Midyat.
Located 5 kilometers from Mardin, the Mor Hananyo Monastery was originally built as a “Temple of the Sun” by the ancient Assyrians, and it is still actively used as a religious center and school. The monastery holds a special importance for Mardin as the oldest surviving example of Assyrian architecture in the area. The tombs of 52 Assyrian Christian Patriarchs are located inside the monastery, which was constructed using saffron flowers mixed into the mortar for color.
A renowned symbol of the city, Mardin’s Grand Mosque is one of the most important architectural works from the Artuqid period and the oldest mosque in the city, dating back to 1176. The mosque’s dome and architecture make for an awe-inspiring sight.
A masterpiece of the Artuqid period located in the center of Mardin, the Zinciriye Madrasa is one of the most magnificent works of architecture to have survived from the 14th century. Dating from the same period, the Kasımiye Madrasa features striking exterior and interior design. In addition to its religious function, the madrasa also served as a school of medicine.
Located within walking distance of central Mardin, the Mor Behnam Church is a beautiful example of early Christian architecture that dates back to the 6th century. Today, the church is a place of worship for the Orthodox community, and it has been a religious center for the Assyrians since 1293.
The Mor Gabriel Monastery, located 23 kilometers from Midyat, is another architecturally striking site. One of the most important religious sites for Assyrians, even regarded as the “Second Jerusalem” for the Assyrian Christian community, the monastery is a sacred place of religious teaching. Another important place of worship for the Assyrian Catholic community is the Church of the Virgin Mary and Patriarchate.
Located 20 kilometers from Mardin, the majestic ancient city of Dara is one of the most remarkable ancient settlements of the Mesopotamia region.
The airport of Mardin is located southwest of the city, close to Kızıltepe. Mardin is well connected to Istanbul by air travel. Mardin is easily accessible thanks to its well-developed road network.
ACCOMMODATION IN MARDİN
You can enjoy the magical atmosphere of Mardin during your stay, with a variety of accommodation facilities for film crews. Ancient pensions and three-, four-, and five-star hotels provide a homey atmosphere for long shoots.