Turkey, Diyarbakır historical walls

Restoration of Diyarbakır’s historic walls begins

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, the walls of Diyarbakır are 6 km long and date back 5,000 years in history.

Restoration works on the historic walls of Diyarbakır, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015 and whose construction dates back 5,000 years in history, have begun in this city in southeastern Turkey.

Restoration works have already begun in some of the most important areas of the walls, including the sections called Ben-u Sen, Selçuklu, Nur, and Yedi Kardeşler; the objective is to strengthen the structure of the walls, trying to modify as little as possible the original construction of the walls, which at 6 kilometres in length are among the largest in the world and are in fact visible from space.

Kenan Aksu, President of the Diyarbakır Culture, Tourism and Music Association, highlighted the historical and unique character of the Diyarbakır walls – called Amida in ancient times – and their importance as a focus of attraction for tourism to the region: “It is an impressive work that completely surrounds Diyarbakır. The walls remain strong with a history dating back 5,000 years, “he said.

For his part, Abdulaziz Yetkın, from the Association of Travel Agencies of Turkey, praised the restoration work begun on this historical heritage: “The walls of Diyarbakır are culture and are important in themselves. They are a unique work in the whole world.” declared Yetkın, who also wanted to thank the governor of the province and other authorities for contributing to the project.

Restoration works on Diyarbakır’s historical walls are being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Diyarbakır Governorate, and the metropolitan city hall. According to UNESCO, the walls of this city contain traces of the passage of various civilisations throughout history from the time of the Roman Empire to the present, and stand out for their impressive towers and gates as well as for the gardens that surround it.