|Europa Nostra Vice President Costa Carras and |
actor Ioannis Simonides lead a literary tour of the
|Hasankeyf lies between the Raman Mountains (background)|
and the Tur Abdin Plateau
Photo: Hasankeyf Matters
Indeed, Europa Nostra has recognized the value of Hasankeyf to European history by naming it one of 14 sites shortlisted for the “7 Most Endangered” program launched this year. We hope that Europa Nostra and its members will continue to participate in the ongoing conversation around heritage preservation in Hasankeyf.
|Saint George Armenian Church, Mardin|
Photo: A. Alkan
Fountain of the Lions, Alhambra, Granada, Spain,
winner of a Europa Nostra conservation award, 2013
Photo: José Enrique Marin Zarza
Hasankeyf is perfectly suited for this kind of dialogue – with its extraordinary display of diverse forms of human habitat extending from the 10th mm. BCE to the 21st c. CE. As one of the most compelling sites in Turkey, Hasankeyf represents Islamic civilization side by side with Syriac Christianity and brings people together – Turkish and Greek, Kurdish and Arab, Assyrian and Persian – in a dialogue that is at once historically aware and forward-looking.
|The minarets of the Rizk Mosque and Sultan Suleyman|
Mosque keep modern Hasankeyf anchored in a
medieval urban plan. Photo: Hasankeyf Matters
We hope to see more organizations both in Turkey and abroad support the conservation of the universal heritage of Hasankeyf with its extraordinary insight into the urban archaeology in the middle period of Islamic civilization.
-- Hasankeyf Matters team