Endangered Site: The City of Hasankeyf, Turkey


We first heard about it from 2 travelers when we were crossing Syrian – Turkish border. They told us we should see it soon, because it might disappear in few years because of the Ilisu Dam Project.

We had no idea what was waiting for us, but were excited to see it. We were still few days ride away from it.

It was close to sunset time when we were arriving to the village, surrounded with hundreds of caves all around. (Some were on the banks of the river, some high up in the mountains).

We passed the small shops and restaurants and came to the bridge crossing the river, now big and strong because of the rain. The site from the bridge took our breath away.

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