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Dara Mesopotamia Ruins

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Address: Town of Dara between city of Nusaybin and City of Mardin | Nusaybin Cd/D955, Mardin, Turkey

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DARA RUINS

The children who go to High school in around villages are good guides for taking you around. They ask for a drink money or a sandwich money. And the ruins somehow reminded me of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
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Istanbul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The children who go to High school in around villages are good guides for taking you around. They ask for a drink money or a sandwich money. And the ruins somehow reminded me of Mayan ruins in Yucatan, Mexico. The Turkish government is working on the site to make it prettier. You should go into caves and take photos from... More 

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Sacre-Coeur-Saguenay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

located within walking distance to the Syrian border, dara may be a bit hard to reach from mardin. I ended up hitch hiking along the main road. Located in the Mesopotamian plains, dara is a striking contrast with nearly Turkish topography. A feel of goreme the way the structures are built, its a.site that will need more excavation and effort.... More 

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Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Strolled around for a couple of hours and could explore the necropolis and the cisterns. Dont be afraid from the nearness of the syrian border and do not miss the area on the left side of road before entering the village of Daera.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

This is a magnificient place with necropolis, cisterns and a huge water system that expands into Syria. There are different sites in the area so make sure you do not miss any! Do not forget to visit the tiny shop and drink a cold ayran (drink made by mixing yoghurt with water) and buy some scarves. Unfortunately the excavations have... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

The most fascinating part of ancient city Dara is absolutely the Roman cistern. It is huge! Necropolis is also well preserved and has to be seen.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

you feel the history and the civilization of those times and your jaw dropping. must see place fantastic beautiful such a gem.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

What a surprising place this is. Deep underground cistern of enormous size and ancient ruins in the heat of Eastern Turkey, close to the Syrian border. It took perhaps 35-40 minutes in a car from Mardin and we would hope to go again once the troubles in the Middle East have ceased.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

This place is one of the oldest ancient site of humanity. You also visit the Necropolis and Cisterns too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

Discovering and walking around the ruins of this ancient city was fascinating. This was originally a Roman Fortress and is located in northern Mesopotamia between Mardin and Nusaybin. As we did not have our own transport we rented a car and driver from Selcuklu Turizm in Mardin and it was worth the effort. A lot of the ruins has not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

After visiting this area several times, this was my first visit to Dara and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The main area of ruins are breathtaking and very interesting to learn about. There are several signs around the site written in both Turkish and English to you don't have to have a guide (though there were several children around giving talks... More 

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