Reading list | Mardin

Hot and dusty, Mardin is the gateway to Mesopotamia. Perched high in the hills above the plains, the hilltop city is famous for its cascade of beautiful buildings overlooking the vast, empty mesopotamian plain, where the occasional höyük marks lost settlements in the Fertile Crescent. Mardin itself can be traced to 4000BC, and until the 20th century it was a n important Syriac Orthodox centre.

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