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Harran is located in Southeastern Turkey near the border to Syria and was an important commercial, cultural and religious center under the Babylonians in ancient Mesopotamia. Harran is probably the city of Haran, where Abraham (for Muslims the prophet Ibrahim) lived.

Under the Arabic Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphs in the late 8th and after the 9th century, the place was a centre for translations of astronomy, philosophy, medicine and natural sciences and the first Islamic University was built in Harran. Today the people in the old and new part of Harran are ethnic Arabs, associated with their clans and mostly living from the work on the cotton plantations.

The special cone and cubic formed historical houses in Harran are made of brick and clay. They are very suitable for the hot climate of this region. Harran people are sleeping outside of their houses in blue colored beds to protect themselves of the scorpions, because for a scorpion the blue color is looking like fire.

© Photo by Jens Helmstedt

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 4 years ago

    wonderful jens!!!

  • Thank you very much Desirée!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsover 4 years ago

    An excellent very interesting photograph Jens. The written information makes it even more interesting

  • Many thanks for your nice comment Thea!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Great history and image with wonderful details.

  • Thank you very much for your interest and nice comment Carol!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful …. saw this when I went to Nemrut, which I am sure you have done too. This is a great show. It is humbling to be in a place with so much history.

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Marguerite! You can find a series of images from Nemrut in my RB portfolio. Start here: Sunrise view from Mount Nemrud

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 4 years ago

    Excellent work my friend.

  • Thank you very much for your kind words Colin!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Great work Jens, I enjoyed reading about this also!!

  • Many thanks for your nice comment Marvin!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • RonnieGinnever
    RonnieGinneverover 4 years ago

    Really outstanding!

  • Thank you very much Ronnie!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Many thanks!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Very interesting, both picture and narrative.

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • banrai
    banraiover 4 years ago

    great, Jens

  • Many thanks Banrai!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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