Diyarbakır Crowned with UNESCO

Written by Melih Uslu

The ancient city of southeast Anatolia has consecutively received two awards: The Historical Diyarbakır Fortress and the Hevsel Gardens have been added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Diyarbakır, which is as ancient as the grand cities of human history such as Ephesus, Hattusha, Babylon and Nineveh, had served as a continuous settlement area throughout history. The city, which has functioned as the bridge between Anatolia and the Middle East for many centuries, was confined with strong fortresses in order to protect its magnificent cultural accumulation. The city walls, which evokes the image of a turbot fish from a bird’s eye view, have been bonded with honeycoloured stones. The city walls have four entrance gates facing different locations for the purposes of making entrance into the city easier. The external facade of the towers have been adorned with the images of lions, tigers, bulls, snakes, scorpions, crabs and various plants that live in the forrests surrounding the city. The area between the city walls and the Tigris River have been arranged as vineyards, gardens and market gardening zones. In time, these green areas that are considered to be the lungs of the city, were called the Hevsel Gardens. In short, we ought to state that the crown of UNESCO fits the cultural treasures of Diyarbakır quite well.

About the author

Melih Uslu

Melih Uslu was born in Melle-Osnabrück/Germany in 1976. He had his first
education at Grundschule Ennigloch in Bünde. He graduated from Izmir EGE
University, Communication Faculty, Department of Journalism, Advertising and PR in 1999 with A degree. In the same year, he won a “Young Creative Writer Award” in Turkey, which was granted by the IAA European Advertising
Association. Around the same time, he successfully completed a C1-level
General German Course at the Goethe Institute. When he was a student,
he worked as a reporter for HÜRRİYET News in Izmir. After his studies, he lived
a few months in Hannover, Amsterdam and Berlin. His professional career began as an online editor for, the first online city guide in Turkey. His next position was as an editor for the GALATASARAY Sports Club’s official web sites for three years. His work continued for approximatly five years as an editor for Gezi TRAVEL, which is among the most prestigious magazine in the Turkey.

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