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Karkamış Iron Bridge

This railway bridge is about 2 km east of Karkamış Railway Station. 

It was built over the Euphrates River in 1917, and is right on Turkey’s border with Syria. It was the longest and most technologically advanced bridge of its day. 870 meters long, it has 8 arches each spanning 100 meters, and with its fine steelwork, is like a work of art. It has an 80 cm-wide pedestrian walkway on the Syrian side.  

Still used by trains today, the bridge delineates the border with Syria, and is the point at which the Euphrates River exits Turkish territory, 1.5 km southeast of the town of Karkamış.

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Carchemish Tour and Alternative

  • Kayacık Dam Reservoir

    The Kayacık Dam Reservoir is 5 km south of Tilbeşar Castle. 

    The lake is surrounded by wheat fields, and is a popular picnic area for local people. Water from the dam irrigates an area of 13,680 hectares. 

     

     

     
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  • Abara Bridge

    Travelling 2 km southwest from Karpuzatan, along wonderfully scenic, narrow roads bordered by thick trees, you will arrive in the village of Altunyurt, at the entrance to which is the Abara Bridge. 

    The trees are so dense the bridge is difficult to discern among them. The bridge is built of stone over the Sacur Stream. It has a single arch, and there is a concrete water channel on it. The arch is considerably damaged, and the bridge is no longer in use.

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  • Gaffur Baba Tomb

    The first stop on the Karkamış tour is the Orta Camii in the town of Oğuzeli. However, should you wish to stop at the shrines on the way to the town, here is a little information about them.

    The Tomb of Gaffur Baba is on top of the hill to the northwest of the road from Gaziantep to Oğuzeli. The pine tree clad hill is also known as Gaffur Baba Hill. 

    The shrine is in a natural cave, and its entrance and green dome were later additions. It contains two tombs, and areas for prayer. 

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  • Hadji Hamza Tomb

    The Hadjı Hamza Tomb is in Oğuzeli, on İsmet İnönü Boulevard in the central shopping area. It is constructed of cut stone, and has a disproportionate dome on a square base.

    The dome is topped with an alem – crescent decoration. The mausoleum has been covered with concrete. You must bend over to enter through the small door.  Nothing is known about the person entombed here.

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  • Muhammed Esad Efendi Tomb

    This tomb is also in the town, 100 m southwest of the tomb of Hadji Hamza. Buried here is Muhammed Esad Efendi, also known as Hadji Hoca, who lived from 1840-1935. He was descended from Imam Hüseyin, and was a mentor of the Halisiye branch of the Kâdiri order of dervishes.

    He was of great service to Oğuzeli, providing financial and moral support to the district during the Turkish War of Independence.

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  • Karpuzatan Recreation Area

    The Karpuzatan Recreation Area is 2 km southwest of the Orta Mosque. Surrounded by pomegranate orchards, it is a very pleasant, relaxing, natural green area with plenty of water.

    This 25 km2 area is easily accessible, and contains a swimming pool, children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, areas for washing wool, restaurant and trout farm.

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