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There was only one Hasankeyf and Kurds let it be destroyed

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:20 pm
Author: Anthea








Re: Hasankeyf holiday's 2014

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:35 am
Author: Anthea

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Re: Hasankeyf Book Early For 2014 To Receive Free Camera

PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:36 am
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Re: Hasankeyf Book Early For 2014 To Receive Free Camera

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:43 pm
Author: Anthea
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Re: Next year watch me swim through the streets of Hasankeyf

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:07 am
Author: Anthea
Firat News

The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Coalition has released a statement ahead of the visit next week by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to Baghdad.

In particular the statement draws attention to the controversial and much objected construction of the Ilisu Dam. "Iraq’s civil society and the Save the Tigris Campaign - says the statement - call upon the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to include discussion of the Ilisu dam issue in its agenda for Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu’s visit to Iraq. In particular, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should take this opportunity to remind Turkey of its important economic partnership with Iraq, and affirm that the Ilisu dam is a threat to long term economic development and relations between the two countries. Because the Ilisu dam construction is not yet complete, the MoFA should re-iterate to Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu that its construction must be halted till a joint and sufficient evaluation are completed on the impact of this dam on the Iraqi side".

The Coalition adds that "The MoFA should engage Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu in a constructive dialogue to identify mutually beneficial solutions to Turkey and Iraq’s water and energy needs. This dialogue should focus on the opportunities for long-term peace, cooperation, and economic development that can exist for both Turkey and Iraq without the Ilisu Dam".

In its statement the Coalition points out that "As the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Turkish main opposition party, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu is one of the most influential politicians in the Turkish opposition. His visit to Iraq presents a rare opportunity to reestablish interstate dialogue and to put forward the common interests of both countries, one of which is water".

Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu’s visit, says the Coalition "comes at a time when Turkey is experiencing widespread demonstrations closely linked to the preservation of the environment. Simultaneously, Iraq’s civil society is working towards the protection of the environment, especially that which it shares with its Turkish neighbors. Water is of particular interest because of its transboundary implications and opportunities for interstate cooperation. One of the Iraq’s greatest concerns is the construction of the Ilisu dam, on one of Iraq’s most important water resource; the Tigris River which has been started without any serious negotiation with Iraq".

Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu visit, continues the statement, "is also an opportunity to update Iraqi citizens on what steps have been taken by the Iraqi government to protect Iraq’s water resources. Iraqi citizens have witnessed a decrease on water availability over the past several years. The Euphrates-Tigris River water flow has decrease significantly due to upstream water projects in Turkey and Syria. Iraqi citizens are fearful of the negative economic and environmental effects of this reduced water flow, especially drought, desertification, and increased water salinity. Because of these fears, Iraqis demand transparency and urgent action by the Iraqi Government to protect them and the Tigris River from the potential dangers of the Ilisu Dam. Iraqi citizens are currently unaware of the Iraqi Government’s achievements related to negotiations for a transboundary water agreement between the riparian states of the Euphrates-Tigris Basin. Therefore, we urge you to release the most recent information and the results of your efforts to address this important issue".

Turkey’s civil society has been working against the construction of the Ilisu dam; they believe that Ilisu is a threat to the shared culture and heritage of the Tigris River. Ercan Ayboga form the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive and partner in the Save the Tigris campaign affirms, “We do not want the Ilisu dam to destroy the culture, nature, and society on the two sides of the border. The Tigris should be a means to develop a partnership between people of Iraq and Turkey, but Ilisu is a big threat to our relationship”

Save the Tigris Campaign is a regional advocacy campaign with partners in Turkey, Iraq, and internationally that works to raise awareness about the economic and environmental impacts of the Ilisu dam on Turkey and Iraq. ... uction.htm

Re: Halt Ilisu Dam construction

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 6:57 pm
Author: Anthea
Every now and again the Kurds themselves need to be reminded of not so much what they are losing more - what they are allowing others to take from them X(

Re: Halt Ilisu Dam construction

PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:57 pm
Author: Anthea
Firat News

Vehicle at Ilısu Dam construction site set on fire

A minibus at the Ilısu Dam construction site was set on fire by unidentified people last night.

According to the information obtained from local sources, a minibus service transporting workers on night shift to the construction site of the Ilısu Dam in Dargeçit (Kerboran) district of Mardin was stopped in the Safa neighbourhood late last night.

Unidentified people set the minibus on fire after taking the workers out of the vehicle.

On the Tigris river in South-eastern Anatolia the Ilisu dam project, which is planned to be finished in 2015, is one of the most controversial dam projects in the world. In spring of 2008 the actual construction work started, then with active help of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In July 2009, after three years of ongoing local and international protest and after continuous disregard of international standards, the three European states quit their contracts with Turkey and the project came to a halt. European banks and companies followd this step, only Austrian Andritz AG remains in the Ilisu project.

In spring 2010 construction work re-started. Turkey now tries to finance the whole project by itself (without money from Europe) and to push 'Ilisu' through against the will of the local population. The total construction time is projected with 7-8 years.

The Ilisu dam would have a devastating impact on the entire region of the upper Tigris valley. About 400 kilometres of the Tigris and its tributaries will be destroyed by the reservoir upstream and the artificial flood wave downstream from the power plant. Artificial flood waves will destroy the ecosystem below the dam, a habitat for some globally endangered species and so far undiscovered flora and fauna.

More than 200 archaeological sites including the beautiful city of Hasankeyf will be destroyed. In its surroundings 23 different cultures have left their traces, not to mention yet undiscovered sites witnessing 12,000 years of human history. Thousands of people will have to leave their homes; their settlements and agricultural land will be flooded. The plan to build Ilisu conflicts with international treaties, since the neighbouring countries Syria and Iraq were not consulted. Also ethnic conflicts in Anatolia will be intensified.

The Ilisu Dam would flood an area so rich in its cultural and natural heritage that it meets nine out of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Site criteria. It is the only place in the world to come that close to UNESCO’s requirements, according to a report published by Istanbul University Professor Zeynep Ahunbay, who is also President of ICOMOS Turkey (the International Council on Monuments and Sites that evaluates nominations for World Heritage Status). ... n-fire.htm

Re: Hasankeyf + 200 archaeological sites to be destroyed

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:28 pm
Author: Anthea
It is terrible when groups such as the Islamic State destroy historic sites and monuments

And much is written about ISIS destruction of those sites - ISIS is condemned for the destruction of Islamic heritage

Yet Turkey is about to destroy the MOST important Kurdish historical site there is

A site that is MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLDER than anything IS has destroyed

And NOBODY is stopping this from happening

A message to the Kurds:

When your children and grandchildren ask you

"Why is there so few ancient Kurdish sites?"

I hope you will feel proud when you answer

"I was too busy watching Turkish TV to stop the destruction of Hasankeyf*


Hasankeyf is a city located in Batman province. The city of Batman has been built on the either side of Tigris TWELVE THOUSAND YEARS AGO. The Ayobians once controlled the city. It was also attacked by Mongolians and many historical and archaeological sites were destroyed.

Turkey is about to submerge a historical city and destroy the habitat of thousands of birds, plants, trees and animals :((


Re: Hasankeyf: Ilısu dam construction halted until September

PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:07 am
Author: Anthea
Ilısu dam construction halted until September

A group of HPG (People's Defence Forces) guerrillas are reported to have detained four people at the construction site of Ilısu Dam located between Mardin's Dargeçit and Şırnak's Güçlükonak district on Thursday evening.

Along with a company employee working for the Ilısu Dam, Şükrü Çiçek, who was stopped and detained while en route to the construction site, three other workers were also detained following a raid at the construction site late Thursday evening, local sources reported.

Construction works at Ilısu dam site were therewith halted and workers were sent from the area until September 1 as a result of the most recent detentions.

HPG have made several warnings to stop the construction of the Ilısu Dam so far. :ymparty: ... tember.htm

Re: Hasankeyf: Ilısu dam construction halted until September

PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:19 am
Author: Anthea
I sincerely hope that the HPG (People's Defence Forces)

will be able to prevent the dam from ever being built :ymapplause:

If HPG manage end the construction of the Ilisu dam they will be my heroes :x

And they will truly be Defenders of the Kurdish People :ymapplause:

When I go on holiday to Hasankeyf - I do not want my souvenirs to be

a bottle of water and some underwater photos X(

Re: Hasankeyf: Ilısu dam construction halted until September

PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 12:19 pm
Author: Anthea
Hasankeyf :((

General historical information and some historical remains

Hasankeyf is a small town which had a thousand years past in Batman in the southeast of Turkey.

Many valuable historical and cultural works and a thousand historical caves in this town will be under the water of the Dam of Ilisu.

Activists of nature, environment and history refuse the building of this dam which is supported by some Europe countries.

I have also supported these actions with my this site fnom 1996..

Hasankeyf is an open museum located at the end of an impressive gorge formed by the Tigris River. The cave dwellings and ruins of Hasankeyf tell of a long history although it is not known when and by whom Hasankeyf was first established.

The Romans built the stronghold of Cephe on the frontier separating the Roman Empire from the Persian Sassanid Empire in a strategic place on the steep rocks overlooking the River Tigris. Under the name Kiphas, which means "steep rock", the Byzantines made it also their stronghold in the south-east of Anatolia. In the fifth century, this place became the seat of a Bishopric. Coveted by the Arabs, in the seventh century, the city fell to the Omeyyads who changed its name into Hisn Kayfa, and later to the Abbassids.

The Ayyubids (descendants of Saladin), who captured the city in 1232, built mosques that made Hasankeyf an important Islamic center. In 1260, the Mongols invaded the city which suffered badly from this period but rose from its ashes for it became the place where the summer residences of the Turcoman Akkoyunlu emirs ruling the area from Diyarbakir, were built. The city, having stayed under the Safavid hegemony for sometime, was incorporated to the Ottoman Empire in 1515 and gradually lost its historical importance and past glory.

Due to its archaeological and historical assets, Hasankeyf has been declared conservation area since 1981. But within the scope of GAP project, the area is to be flooded by the Ilısu dam, and the works implemented for the rescue of the lower and middle parts of the town are still being carried on.

Some historical remains in Hasankeyf

The Old Tigris Bridge This magnificent bridge was also considered to be the largest in the Medieval Period. The opening between the two middle piles which carried the large vault is 40 meter. This vault was made of wood so that it could be removed to prevent access to the city in case of danger. However, it seems that this property shortened the life of the Bridge.

Hasankeyf Castle, built solely from stone, is situated on the bank of Tigris River and is 200 m high from the river bed. İk was built by the Byzantines as a center for Assyrian Archbishopric in 363 A.D. This Castle, being extremely strong and hard to invade, makes it the most protected castle built by Byzantines in the east. The original name of Hasankeyf Castle was 'Hisno Koyfa' meaning 'Rock Castle'... It is interesting: being very defensive as built from one piece of stone, having many monuments on it the river and with its graceful and magnificient door on the road mounting to thi fortress.

The Citadel is perched on top of steep limestone cliff 100 m / 328 ft above the Tigris. It is clear from the rock cut structures that it has been used as dwelling places since remote ages. The access to the citadel is made through a winding footpath defended by four gates (there were seven in total). The ruins of the Small Palace built by the Ayyubids, raise spectacularly on the edge of the cliff at the north-east end of the citadel which offers a breathtaking view over the valley. Over one of the windows, a relief of two lions and plates with Kufic script inscription can be seen. Further are the ruins of the Great mosque built by the Ayyubids in 1325 over the remains of a church. The ruins of the Great Palace, built by the Artukids, are located at the north of the citadel under the Ulu Cami Mosque. The rectangle tower, independent from the building, may have been a watch tower.

Great mosque of Hasankeyf, This mosque on the Hasankeyf fortress. This is a first work of Eyyubies in the Hasankeyf. It was built on year 1325 A.D. over the remmaints of a church. Generally its minaret is built of ruble stones as well as its structure pflaster ornament and epitaph located at the North of minaret are worth attention. Wooden epitaph with its writing and carved ornament which reached nowadays from mosque’s pulpit is one of the are valued parts.

El Rizk mosque, built in 1409 by the famous Ayyubid sultan Süleyman, stands on the bank of the river with its imposing minaret which has remained intact. The inscriptions on the minaret and the portal door, the vegetal ornaments make the charming characteristics of the Mosque.

Süleyman Mosque, also built by Sultan Süleyman, is completely destructed and even the grave of the Sulatn is lost. Only the minaret, which is adorned with plant ornaments and Kufic script inscriptions, has survived.

Koch Mosque is located on the eastern side of Suleyman Mosque. From its general properties and plaster ornaments, it is supposed that the mosque belongs to the Ayyubid period. Due to the remains of different buildings around the mosque, it seems that it was part of a "külliye", a complex consisting of a medrese, imaret (soup kitchen), hospital etc...

Girls Mosque, located in the east of Koç Mosque, is estimated to belong to the Ayyubid period. The section which is used as a mosque today, was mausoleum in the past. Grave remnants have survived to the present day.

Imam Abdullah Tomb stands on the small hill located at the west side of the new bridge. Imam Abdullah was the grand-son of Cafer-i Tayyar who himself was the uncle of Prophet Mohammed. An epitaph mentions that the tomb was restored at the time of the Ayyubids.

Zeynel Bey Mausoleum is situated on the other bank of the Tigris. Zeynel bey was the son of Uzun Hasan, of the Akkoyunlu dynasty which ruled over Hasankeyf in the 15th century during a short period. One can still see traces of the beautiful turquoise and dark blue glazed tiles that adorned the cylindrical body of the mausoleum, and the calligraphical inscriptions mentioning the names of Allah, Mohammed and Ali. This tomb is one of the rare examples of its kind in Anatolia.

4000 caves! Hasankeyf ruins surrounded by calcerious land from the south and the southeast have the famous cave houses and the unicuely and enormous canyon, shaped as a result of cooperative of the nature and man, forming a natural wonder wth over 4000 caves...

Since the dark ages of the history or the date of mankind adapting the sedentary life, the caves of Hasankeyf were used as shelter and home, have survived to date without losing anything from the original shape at construction and preserved their multi-functional characteristics in every age...

Next to these historical traces, all of Hasankeyf locality is interesting because of its thousands of caverns and cave dwellings. Some were multi-storied and water supplied structures. There were also churches and mosques carved into rocks, and cemeteries. Until recently, more than 30 millstones carved into the rock were still used to grind all wheat of the region.

Re: Summer the perfect time to swim underwater in Hasankeyf

PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 12:37 pm
Author: Anthea
Hasankeyf is an ancient piece of "world heritage" with 9 of the 10 criteria set by UNESCO to declare, that even one of them in suffice.

Such an area is second to none in the world.

Re: Summer the perfect time to swim underwater in Hasankeyf

PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 12:52 pm
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:06 am
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