Photographer's Note

Dara is perhaps the most surprising place around Mardin. Our guide told us we were visiting the muhtar's house first. When we arrived there, we were disappointed, seeing that it was nothing but an ordinary village house. Then we went through a small door. Boom! There it was! A tunnel and narrow, slippery, dark stairs going down down down. Under the house was a huge gallery with an incredibly high ceiling which had a sunclock! The original gallery is said to have been taller than now, but the floor is filled with dirt. What this place was used for is still kind of mystery. It doesn't look like a dungeon or a shelter. It might have been used as a military base or something. Many houses are said to have similar galleries under them.

This was also a great spot for photography, but without a tripod, you may need a higher ISO than 1600. I have sharper shots, but with several people on the stairs trying to photograph the gallery from above. (I swear I'll never travel again with more than 3-4 people.)

Although it is not a good photo, I'm posting the shot of the gallery in the WS so that you can have an idea.

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Additional Photos by Fusun Konyali (tehanu_f) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 769 W: 134 N: 1085] (6896)
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