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Konak Mah. Silopi Cad. No: 234 Cizre -Şırnak

Phone: +90 (486) 214 1600
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Divan Cizre

General Information

The city's first and only international five-star hotel, Divan Cizre is located in the centre of Cizre. Located on the banks of the Tigris River astride the historic Silk Road, Divan Cizre is the perfect base for discovering the city. Exceptionally easy access to the airport makes Divan Cizre ideal for business travellers. Şırnak Şerafettin Elçi Airport is just 18 kilometres and 15 minutes by car from the hotel.

Hotel Services

Car rental, valet and taxi services are available and paid hotel-airport transfers can be organized on a reservation-only basis. For more information, please enquire at the front desk.

Attractions

As the city's first and only five-star hotel, Divan Cizre is located in the centre of Cizre along the Silk Road, for centuries the world's most important commercial artery, and on the banks of the Tigris River, which gives life to the region. The Şırnak Şerafettin Elçi Airport is only 18 kilometres (11 miles) from Divan Cizre and can be reached in just 15 minutes. The hotel's central location is a major advantage for guests traveling on business and, for travellers seeking to explore the city and its environs, it offers the best accommodations available not only in Cizre but in all of Şırnak Province. 

Surrounding Area

With a history stretching thousands of years into the past, the city of Cizre on the banks of the Tigris has been the home of countless empires, kingdoms and civilizations. According to Islamic belief, Cizre has a unique distinction as the place where Noah chose to live following the Great Flood, after the Ark landed on Mount Judi -itself in the vicinity of Cizre. Thus, in a sense, Cizre can be seen as where human life began anew. The fact that the perimeter described by city's ancient walls resembles a ship lends credence to this belief. Although few of the ancient walls have survived, Belek Bastion is one of the portions to remain intact today, and sections of the walls are currently being restored.
One can visit Noah's Monumental Tomb in the lower story of the mosque that bears his name. Yet another of the famous tombs in the area is the site where the love story of Mem and Zin met its tragic end. Discover the classic story of the ill-fated lovers Mem and Zin when you visit their eponymous tomb as well the grave of Bekir, who thwarted their love. In the story, Zin compares her love for Mem to a rose, while comparing Bekir to a thorn that protects the rose. This story, which has been translated dozens of languages, was immortalised by the author Ahmad Khani in the 17th century.
Explore the historical and cultural richness of Cizre by visiting the Hamidiye Barraks on the shores of the Dicle River, or taking in the beauty of the Red Madrassah built out of red bricks in a style unique to this region of the world, or by discovering the Great Mosque of Cizre whose massive bronze doors feature handles bearing a design with two dragons, now the unofficial emblems of the city itself. Thanks to the archaeological restorations undertaken during the 2000s, the city of Cizre has developed into a destination offering the visitor a glimpse into a vast span of human history unrivalled anywhere else.

Nearby Points of Interest

The Historic Hamidiye Barracks

The Hamidiye Regimental Barracks were constructed by the Regimental Commander Mustafa Pasha in 1897 during the reign of the Ottoman Emperor Abdulhamid II. The three-story building, constructed by master masons from Cizre and Midyatlı, is built of white limestone, and its most noteworthy features are the symmetry of its facade, the sharp-cornered the design that gives the building an imposing appearance and elegant stairs which give access to an arched doorway. Featuring Seljuk architectural elements, restorations to protect these unique barracks on the shores of the Tigris River were begun in 2013.

The Cizre City Walls and Belek Bastion

The walls of Cizre are believed to first have been erected on the banks of the Tigris River by the Gutian Empire, in the 4th century B.C.E. The construction of the perimeter of the walls in a shape reminiscent of a ship is an allusion to the belief that Noah's Ark came aground at a site on Mt. Judi, itself found in the vicinity of Cizre. Originally constructed from black basalt rock, only a small portion of Cizre Castle and the city walls have endured to the present day, and the surviving portions have been recently restored. Of the portions of the wall that remain standing today, Belek Bastion, built in 1596, is perhaps the most striking. This rectangular building, constructed from alternating tiers of black and white stone, boasts an architectural design that is very advanced for the era in which it was constructed

Monumental Tomb of Noah

Belief in Noah and his Ark is a universal element in all Abrahamic religions, but according to Islamic belief, after the great flood Noah and his ark landed on Mt. Judi in Şırnak Province. It is believed that after landing on Mt. Judi following the flood, Noah then settled in Cizre and is thus buried here in the monumental tomb located in lower floor of the mosque bearing his name. The mosque was constructed on a hill in the Dağkapı neighbourhood, an area that never floods when the Tigris River overflows its banks. Popular with visitors, the tomb is located beneath the mosque and can be reached by way of a narrow prayer area.

Great Mosque

This mosque, originally built as a Christian church, was converted into a mosque in the year 639 C.E. during the period when Islam arrived in Anatolia, and the Great Mosque was later restored in the 12th century by the Emir Ali Sencer. The minaret, whose lower part forms a rectangular prism and whose upper part is strongly cylindrical gives the mosque itself a unique silhouette. The bronze door handles of the mosque, crafted by Ebul-iz El Cezeri one of the most important Islamic inventors and artists, are one of the mosque's most emblematic features. The two handles that originally graced the doors of the mosque, one in the shape of twin dragons, the other in the shape of twin lions, both examples of the finest metalwork, are today on display in two different museums: Istanbul's Islamic Arts Museum and a museum in Denmark. Inspired by this design, the twin-dragon has become a sort of symbol of Cizre.

The Tomb of Mem and Zin

The story of Mem and Zin, a legend told and retold for centuries, was immortalized in its current form when the author Ahmed Khani wrote it down in 1692, and tells a tale of unrequited love that ends in tragedy. Beneath the administrative offices of the Abdaliye Madrassah can be found the tomb of the two star-crossed lovers of Mem and Zin, as well as the grave of Bekir, the villain of the legend who thwarted their love and was the cause of the tragedy that ultimately the befell the two lovers. In the story, Zin compares her love for Mem to a rose or a treasure house, while comparing Bekir to a thorn that protects the rose or a snake that guards the treasure house. These star-crossed lovers who lived in the middle of the 15th century during the reign of Emir Zeynuddin, the Bey of Cizre, finally the two lovers were united forever in the monumental tomb that immortalizes their love.

Red Madrassah

Built of the square, red bricks that are unique to the Cizre region, the Red Madrassah was an educational centre where the famed Islamic philosopher Ahmet El-Cezeri once taught. His monumental tomb is located beneath the madrassah. When Khan Sheref II set out to conquer Cizre from the White Sheep Dynasty, he prayed saying he would build a mosque in the event that he was victorious and as a result the Red Madrassah was built. The Madrassah, built atop the western end of the city walls, comprises an open courtyard, a dining hall, residences and the ruined remains of the lecture halls.

Kasrik Castle and Pass

The Kasrik Castle and Kasrik Pass, which is so dramatic it is hard to believe it is natural, are located in the Kasrik Historic Site 10 kilometres from Cizre. This area was the site of the summer residences of the Beys of Cizre, and urban remains, sculptures and embankments can be found at the site. Make sure to pause for a moment at the rest stops in the area and drink in the majesty of the view. Kasrik Pass divides the Judi and Gabar Mountains, and in spring the Kızılsu River flows through the pass bringing cool breezes that are refreshing in Cizre's heat.

İdil Öğündük Mor Yakup Church

The town of Öğündük, located in the İdil municipality in Şırnak Province, has a population of about 300, nearly all of whom are Syriac Christians. The town, which offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to experience Syriac culture and traditions, is home to the Mor Yakup Church. Since the population of the town are Syriac Christians, the well-maintained Mor Yakup church is open for worship and can be visited during regular hours. The church provides the children of the town with religious education and trains those wishing to receive holy orders. The church is believed to have first been constructed over 1600 years ago, and during its long history has endured many battles and sieges, requiring that it be restored multiple times. With its light-coloured walls and modest design, the church of today is a simple and peaceful setting for religious observance.

Belkısana (Hısta) Hot Springs

Located on the banks of the Tigris River in the Güçlükonak municipality of the Province of Şırnak, at the Belkısana (Hısta) Hot Springs, subterranean waters rich in calcium and sulphur salts bubble to the surface at 67 degrees Celsius. Time spent luxuriating in the healing waters of the springs is said to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, eliminate back and neck pain as well as alleviate various sorts of feminine complaints. However, the waters of the spring can only be drunk from their source. According to legend the Belkısana Hot Springs were given as a gift to the Queen of Sheba by King Solomon. Today, the Belkısana Hot Springs have become a centre of healing visited by both locals and travellers seeking the relief of its curative waters.