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Fırat Mahallesi Şanlıurfa Blv. No: 146 21090 Kayapınar/Diyarbakır
Phone: +90 (412) 252 0606/0808
Fax: +90 (412) 219 1700



Divan Diyarbakir

Fırat Mahallesi Şanlıurfa Blv. No: 146 21090 Kayapınar/Diyarbakır

Diyarbakır's newest five-star hotel, Divan Diyarbakır is located in the business and commercial heart of modern Diyarbakır just four kilometres from the airport. Divan Diyarbakır is an ideal base for exploring the sights of Diyarbakır and its environs, while Divan Pub serves the region's finest flavours as interpreted by our talented chefs. Guests traveling on business can take advantage of meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology as well as secretarial services, while guests looking to relax can enjoy our spa and fitness areas, featuring an outdoor swimming pool.

Transportation Services

Please inquire at the Reception Desk for information regarding transfers between the hotel and airport as well as for assistance with transportation around the city. Divan Diyarbakır can assist you with car rental and taxi services and paid hotel-airport transfers can be organized on a reservation-only basis.

Getting Around

Divan Diyarbakır Hotel is located in the heart of Turkey's 12th most populous city, Diyarbakır, just four kilometres from the Diyarbakır Airport. Diyarbakır's newest five-star hotel, Divan Diyarbakır offers guests traveling on business the advantages of being within walking distance of the city's most important business centres & Ceylan Shopping Mall while leisure travellers enjoy the benefits of a location adjoining the city's most exclusive neighbourhoods. The city's most important sights, including the historic Diyarbakır City Walls, the Great Mosque and the Sülüklü Han are just 10 - 15 minutes by car from the hotel.

Surrounding Area

One of the most important cities in Southeast Anatolia, Diyarbakır, nourished by the bounty of the Tigris River, has been home to countless civilizations over a period of thousands of years, with the traces of these civilizations surviving to the present day, creating an authentically inspiring experience and place to be discovered. From being among the first places in the world to be home to settled communities, to becoming the eastern border of the Roman Empire, and then to hosting some of the most important structures in the history of Islam, life in Diyarbakır has been a rich tapestry throughout history.

Located at the juncture of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, the city gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to discover these two important cultures and their points of commonality. Like the richly fertile Hevsel Gardens watered by the Tigris River, Diyarbakır is a city that has always welcomed guests warmly. Its rich cuisine, its Turkish coffees that are an experience unto themselves and its local wines are an important part of that culture of hospitality.

The city is surrounded by city walls that, after the Great Wall of China, are the oldest walls in the world, and the city has a long history of hans and caravanserais that remain among the most popular venues in the city. Known locally as the On Gözlü Bridge, the historic Dicle Bridge across the Tigris river is one of the city's most iconic structures, allowing you to retrace the steps of the city's inhabitants 1,500 years ago, while the Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı Museum allows you to discover the home where one of the most important poets of the Turkish Republic was born and raised. Just outside of Diyarbakır, you can visit one of history's oldest settlements, the Çayönü Tell or Barrow, and discover where civilization began in this storied region that will continue to be home to civilizations for millennia to come.

Places to Visit in Diyarbakır

The Historic Diyarbakır City Walls and Hevsel Gardens

Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015, the Historic Diyarbakır City Walls and the Hevsel Gardens bear the traces of the region's millennia of history. With a more than seven-thousand-year history, the walls, which consist of two parts, the inner and outer walls, have the distinction of being the oldest walls in the world after the Great Wall of China. While the majesty of the walls is enhanced by the inscriptions and decorations they bear, the Hevsel Gardens have a history stretching eight millennia into the past. Located between the Tigris River and the City Walls, the fertile lands of the gardens have nourished countless civilizations.

Tigris River

The Tigris River, one of the two rivers feeding the legendary Mesopotamian basin where civilizations were born and developed, is one of the most important geographical features not only in the region but in the whole of Turkey. Of the river's total 1,400-kilometre length, roughly 500 kilometres are within the borders of Turkey. Merging with the equally famous Euphrates River, the Tigris empties into the Gulf of Basra. Viewing the Tigris from the Diyarbakır Castle you can watch it wend its way through fertile greenery and you can cross over it on the On Gözlü, or Tigris Bridge.

Hasan Pasha Han

The construction of the Hasan Pasha Han was begun by Vezirzade Hasan Pasha, the son of the Grand Vizier of the time, Sokullu Mehmet Pasha between 1572 and 1575, following the incorporation of Diyarbakır into the Ottoman Empire. The han has a rectangular structure and in its centre is a spacious courtyard. After numerous restorations, the han retains its historic character and, in addition to restaurants and cafes ideal for whiling away a pleasant afternoon, it also features gift and antique shops that are perfect places to find little gifts for your loved ones.

Malabadi Bridge

The subject of famous songs and a work of art in its own right, the history of the Malabadi Bridge stretches back to the year 1147 during the reign of the Artuqids, a Turkmen dynasty. At 40.86 metres (134 ft.) the span of its arches is the widest of any of the stone-built arched bridges to survive to the present day. In addition to its pointed arches, the bridge is noteworthy for the shelters on either side of the bridge that were designed for travellers display human, animal and solar reliefs.

Great Mosque

Constructed in 639 CE during the reign of the Caliph Omar and built on the site of the Martoma Church, the Great Mosque underwent a major restoration in 1091 on the orders of the Great Seljuk Emperor Melikshah. Considered the fifth most important temple mount in the Islamic world, the mosque is of great symbolic value. The largest historic site in Diyarbakır, the Great Mosque complex includes two mosques, two madrasahs, and a large courtyard. One of the most noteworthy parts of the complex is the sundial located in the courtyard, which is more than eight centuries old.

Suluklu Han

The Sülüklü Han, or Leech Han, was built by Hanilioğlu Mahmut Çelebi and his sister Atike Hatun in 1683 and, following a thorough restoration in 2010, has become one of the city's most popular destinations, with its pistacia terebinthus, or turpentine, coffee being something every visitor should try. The han takes its name from the leeches that were found in the han's well and once used by doctors for therapeutic purposes. Today, the han is the perfect place to take a break from sightseeing, relax and refresh yourself.

Sheikh Mutahhar Mosque

This unique structure, consisting of a minaret built on four columns, is known in Turkish as the "4 Ayaklı Minare," or "Four-legged Minaret," and was built in 1500 by the Akkoyunlu Turkish ruler Kasim Han. Constructed of black and white stone with sharp angles, according to legend, anyone who passes under it seven times on different occasions will have their wishes granted.

Dicle Bridge

The Dicle Bridge, or On Gözlü Bridge as it is known locally, ranks among the most beautiful of the symbols of the city. This bridge across the Tigris River was built in 1065 by the Mervanoğulları dynasty. However, it is believed that the foundations of another bridge on the same site date to the reign of the Emperor Anastasius the First in the 6th century CE. The bridge, which is 172 metres (564 ft.) in length has been rebuilt and repaired numerous times during its long history. A pleasant stroll along the bridge is a perfect opportunity to gaze upon the stately flow of the Tigris from this legendary vantage point.

Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı Museum

Known for his immortal works and most notably the poem "Thirty-Five Years," this home where the poet Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı was born is an excellent opportunity to discover not only one of the most important names in Turkish literature but also to see the famed architecture of Diyarbakır homes. Located in the centre of Diyarbakır and built in 1773, this home displays items that commemorate the life of the famous poet, including personal effects, letters, photographs and books. Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı was born in the summer portion of this fourteen-room, two-story house built of cut black basalt on October 4, 1910. Although the poet, in his most famous work, described 35 years of age as, "halfway through the journey," he himself passed away in Vienna in 1956 at just 46 years old.

Asur Citadel

Located 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Diyarbakır in the county of Eğil, Asur Citadel, also known as Eğil Citadel, is surrounded by valleys on three sides and overlooks the Tigris River. Used in the past both as a shelter and a storehouse, the citadel has underground tunnels that could serve as places of refuge in times of enemy attack. Important factors supporting the view that the citadel was built by the Assyrians include the cuneiform inscription at the front of the citadel and the figure of an Assyrian king. After visiting the castle, make sure to take some time to see the royal tomb located to the northeast of the castle.

Çayönü Tell

Excavations at Çayönü Tell, located in the county of Ergani 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Diyarbakır, show that this is one of the first places that was home to settled communities. Çayönü Tell was first inhabited more than 10,000 years ago and numerous artefacts shedding light on life in the Neolithic Period have been discovered at Çayönü Tell. Developments like the production of clay pots and the making of copper tools took place here earlier than at many other places around the world. The numerous artefacts discovered at the Çayönü Tell site are on display at the Diyarbakır Archaeological Museum.

Zerzavan Castle

Castle built and used by East Roman Empire between BC 400 – 700 year to strategically control the antique trade road from Mardin to Diyarbakır. The settlement located 13 km from Çınar and 1 km from Demirölçek Village on a rocky hill at the height of 124m. The first excavation and restoration studies began in 2014 and still being caring on. The whole settlement has been surrounded by 12-15 m high and 1,2 km length city walls. A church, rock altar, houses, rock tombs, arsenal, water cisterns, water canal and Mithraeum temple can be seen in side of the fortifications of the castle.

Gazi Mansion

This mansion is 5 kilometers from the city center, again on the old road to Mardin. Built during the Ak Koyunlu period in the 15th century, this mansion exhibits many of the architectural characteristics of the period. More recently, because Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed here while serving as an army commander, the structure is also called Gazi Mansion, after one of Atatürk’s many appellations. On the second floor are a terrace and a room used today to display a number of goods belonging to Atatürk. Recent renovations have added restaurants and cafes. It’s a fine place for those wishing to escape the summer heat and enjoy a great view of the Tigris River Valley.

Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church

Built atop a temple used since well before the Common Era as a space of sun worship, The Mother Mary Church was built in the third century C.E. Belonging to the Yakubi denomination, also called Assyrian Orthodox, it is one of the few active churches in a city once with a large and vibrant Christian community. Housing many historical artifacts, the church’s doors are made of walnut wood, and in the interior, the centuries-old paintings of saints and the silver lamps are particularly remarkable.

Surp Giragos Armenian Orthodox Church

While the exact origin of the church is unknown, references to Surp Giragos first appear in written records in 1517. In 1827 and again in 1880, there were major fires in the church, and after 1880, additional buildings were attached to the church. After these additions, the structure became the only Armenian Church in the world with seven altars, two of them being on the second floor where women gather and five close to the entrance. The church once held as many as 3,000 worshippers.