Ancient Hasankeyf is a beautiful small town on the Tigris river, with a history that dates back over nine centuries. But next year it will disappear.
Soon, the town will be underwater when it’s flooded as part of the controversial Illisu Dam project. Due to be completed in 2015, around 20,000 people will be rehoused, and the mosques, houses and caves will all be gone. It’s hard to comprehend.
The town is in the Batman provence – how can we not mention that. The old bridge across the Tigris river dates back to 1100.
We spent a great afternoon in Hasankeyf, exploring the town and admiring the many views.
Our favourite thing was the storks nest on top of the town’s huge minaret. It must get loud for the stork babies at prayer time!
The honeycomb hillsides are no longer accessible to the general public due to safety concerns but these caves were lived in up to the 1980s.
We also loved the open air beds of the town. Who needs air conditioning or a fan when you can put a bed on the roof.
We’ll end this post with two different views of road traffic we expereinced in Turkey. The first – turkeys!
It was also in this area of Turkey that we started to see more army vehicles and checkpoints. We went through a few during our time in the southeast and they are nothing to worry about. Just be polite and you’ll be fine.