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This old medrese (theological college) was founded in 1385 by İsa Bey. As one of the best preserved buildings in Mardin, it should be top of your things to do tick list. The complex is comprised of a domed mosque, a mausoleum, and two tranquil inner-courtyards. The architectural highlight of the building is the intricately decorated and imposing doorway, which is a beautiful example of Islamic artistry.
This 4th-century church still holds services every Sunday, which tourists are welcome to attend. If you're not here for the weekend, the church interior can still be visited throughout the rest of the week if you speak to the caretaker (who is usually easily found nearby and has the key). The interior, with its beautiful decoration, is definitely worth seeing. Above the entrance are some intricate carvings commemorating the Christian martyrs of Cappadocia, which the church was renamed in honor of in the 15th century.
In particular, the displays of Assyrian and Bronze Age pottery are excellent. Even if you're not a museum fan, the building the museum is housed in, with its regal colonnades and grand courtyards, is worth the entry price alone. This 19th-century traditional stone villa has been restored to an impressive standard, and walking through the rooms gives you a good idea of the fine style in which local merchants s and others high-up in the echelons of Mardın society back then would have lived.
A dam project has put Hasankeyf's future under threat since the 1990s, and the opening of the dam is slated for some stage in the near future. When this happens, ancient Hasankeyf will disappear under the dam's water. Although the most important of the architectural remains here will be saved and moved to higher ground, the next few years will be the last time to see Hasankeyf in all its atmospheric glory.