Day Trip to Harran

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November 6, 2013 by travelingsole

While we were in Şanlıurfa we took a daytrip to Harran. Harran is where Abram and Sarai settled temporarily while on their journey from Ur of the Chaldees to the Land of Canaan. It’s always hard to believe everything tour guides tell you in places like back woods Harran. But we do know what the Bible says about Harran so that’s for sure true.

My "nieces" with their mother on the 40 km drive.

My “nieces” with their mother on the 40 km drive. Baby Girl sound asleep.

There is a lot of history in Harran. There are also beehive houses. They are named for their shape. They are very comfortable homes. Build of mud and stone. Not many people live in this style home anymore but you still see a few in Harran. They are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Beehive houses

Beehive houses

Goats walking the empty streets

Goats walking the empty streets

The main beehive house you could rent the traditional outfits. They were HOT (temperature hot). But super cool! It cost 3TL to rent them. That’s $1.50 USD.

Kim and I

Kim and I

Our group

Our group – Photo Credit Our Tour Guide

They covered the walls with rugs

They covered the walls with rugs

Inside the beehive house in our rented costumes

Inside the beehive house in our rented costumes- Enjoying some Pepsi and reading about Biblical Harran – Photo credit Our Tour Guide

View through the fence of the rubble where Abram and Sarai's house (per our guide)

View through the fence of the rubble where Abram and Sarai’s house used to stand (per our guide)

The ruins of the university

The ruins of the First Islamic University from the 800s

The tiny town of Harran

The tiny town of Harran

We saw lots of sheep and goats out this way. They were filing in straight lines through the field.
We saw lots of sheep and goats out this way. They were filing in straight lines through the field.

It was well worth the heat and exhaustion. We were there in the middle of the day. AKA HOTTEST part of the day.

For a tour guide? They just come find you when you roll into town. The one we had was actually a student. His major was Tourism (of course)… We should have negotiated a price before we said yes. He told us “I will not charge you to see my town. I will take you around and if you like my service you can give me money after we are finished.” So of course we let him show us around the town and then we were ready to part ways we handed him 30TL/$15, which was twice the suggested amount from the guide book. He was “offended”. “I am a student. You not like my service?” We finally negotiated to 40TL? It was 40 or 50… anyway. We were well aware it was too much but at least we weren’t naive about it right? It was good to have a guide because we saw and learned a lot more that way.

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