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BÜYÜK KERVANSARAY, DİYARBAKIR

buyukkerRight in the old part of Diyarbakır close to the city walls the Great Caravanserai hotel, also known as the Deliler Hanı (Han of the Madmen), was originally built between 1521 and 1527 to serve both travellers on the Silk Road and pilgrims en route to Mecca.

Rooms, on the first floor, are a bit poky but with two huge courtyards, a restaurant and a pool, this is a place where you can holiday in style, albeit in a part of town, just a stone’s throw from the great basalt walls, where wondering around after dark might not be wise.

In its heyday the caravanserai had stabling for 800 camels. Today’s guests must make do with kitsch statues of lions by the entrance.

Thumbs up: Historic atmosphere, outdoor sitting areas

Thumbs down: Small bedrooms, unwise to wander surrounding streets after dark

Tel: 0412-228 9606

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