The walls of Diyarbakir are definitely one of the city’s most striking characteristics. They are the second largest in the world, circling the city for around 5 km in very good condition. They date back more than two millennia, and were restored by the Byzantines and later by the Islamic dynasties that inhabited the city.
The city itself is in a somewhat sad state. While I’m sure it was worse during the war with the Kurdistan Workers Party that lasted up until the late 1990’s, it is clear that the city suffers from a severe lack of investment and public funding. When I traveled to the college city of Eskisehir last weekend-a city where a ludicrous amount of public funds have turned it into a superficial masterpiece of utopian urban planning- I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast. Pictures from that forthcoming.