Harran is an extremely important historical town characterized by a warren of beehive-like mud houses, founded on flat plains, and about 38 kms due southeast of Sanliurfa and 10 km from the Syrian border. Almost all inland tours aim to visit this site.
The town was founded on the trade routes from the eastern world to Mesopotamia, accumulating great wealth, flourishing as an important religious as well as scholar center.
Excavations carried out so far have led to the discovery of the remains of temples, a university, mosques, churches, not to mention ancient tablets carrying the Epic of Gilgamesh. Harran was mentioned as provincial capital in the Assyrian empire for sometime, up to 7th BC and also sanctuary of the moon god Sin. Harran or Carrhae as Romans called it was of considerable importance to Assyrian kings who had established the temple for the god, Sin. According to the Bible Abraham settled with his family after his voyage from Ur of the Chaldeans to the land of Canaan.
People lead a unique style of living that mostly attracts the visitors today. The traditional beehive houses provide excellent temperature conditions, cool in winters and warm in bitter winters.
Recent years have witnessed marked changes in economy with the developments of GAP (South Eastern Anatolian Project).
The moon is rightly believed to be the star of the spirit
that saturates the earth and fills bodies by its approach
and empties them by its departure
the blood even of humans increases and diminishes with its light