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From the city of prophets

After the 13th century, the influence of Turkish-Islamic culture began to be felt more and more in Urfa. However, pagan cultures, along with Jewish and Christian beliefs are also deeply rooted in the area. The region is also called the land of prophets for it is believed that Adam and Eve had lived in Harran after they were expelled from Eden and Abraham who broke the idols of Nimrod was born in a cave in Urfa. Land was first ploughed in Harran and the fires which burnt here turned into the Halil-l Rahman lake.

This is city is known as the city of prophets.Old Testament prophets such as Jethro (Hz. Suayp), Job (Hz. Eyup), Elijah (Hz. Elyasa) and Abraham (Hz. Ibrahim) lived in this city, the name of the city was Edessa in the history, and Moses (Hz. Musa) lived here for seven years working as a shepherd before returning to Egypt . Sanli means Honored and this name was given to the city after the resistance. It was here that the first Christians were permitted to pray freely, and where the first churches were constructed officially. Pagan temples were converted to synagogues, synagogues to churches and churches to mosques, This is the melting pot of all religions.

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  • Copyright: koksal kayhan (silverhead) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 14 N: 203] (1668)
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-03-09 5:37
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