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A significant junction on the historic Silk Road, Riha has accommodated a vast range of Cultures, ethnicities and civilisations. It has taken its place as one of the most sacred spots of Kurdistan with its biblical village of Harran and is also regarded to by many as the birthplace of Abraham. The legendary pool of sacred fish is the location where it is believed Abraham was thrown into the fire by Nimrod; it still attracts many visitors from all over the Middle East. Riha’s intriguing history doesn’t end there though; the Neolithic site of Gobekli  Tepe was recently featured on global media as excavations revealed the world’s oldest known temple dating back to the 10th Millennia Bc (11,500 years ago.) Another well-known gem of Riha is the Armenian alphabet as it is known to have been established in this city. As many other parts of Kurdistan, Riha has outstanding cuisine to be served for those of you with a good appetite and many other treasures around every corner.

Places of Interest

  • Gobekli Tepe
  • Harran
  • Riha Castle
  • BalikliGol (Pool of Sacred Fish)
  • Ayn Zeliha
  • Rizvaniye Mosque
  • Great Mosque of Riha
  • Ruins of Ancient City Wall
  • Eight Turkish Baths
  • Temple of Neval Cori