Photographer's Note

Sanli Urfa is known as the City of Prophets. It's a city of pilgrimage, sacred to Muslims, Christians, and Jews as the birthplace of Abraham. According to Iegends, Abraham fervantly believed in a single god. The vicious and cruel King Nemrut (Nimrod) had Abraham launched from a catapult from the city's citadel to fall into a pile of burning wood. Happily, God intervened and turned the fire into water and the faggots to fish, which make up water and fish in the Halil-r Raman pool which is also called as "Balikli Gl".

The history of this south-east Anatolian city, located at the plain of upper Mesopotamia, dates as far back as 8000 BC. The archeological and ethnographical museums exhibit findings of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic ages from the lower Euphrates region.

The people of the city, in their local wearings, is so friendly, helpful and very very polite to both foreign and local visitors.

It was a four day religious holiday time when I took this photo and most of the public places were too crowded and the people were taking their time by their way. Some of them were playing card games. They even tried to teach us the rules of the game but unfortunately we did not have enough time to spent for this..:))

The guy in the left, is blowing off his finished hand rolled cigarette from his mouth piece. Most of the people here are still rolling their cigarettes by hand. Since almost 45 years this is the first time I see this scenery again, rolling the cigarettes by hand..:)))

Here, I did not want to blur the background just to give an idea about the environment. The place is the courtyard of a very old caravansary (kervansaray)..

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