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Sadly both the bridges and most of the town of Hasankeyf will be submerged under many metres of water after the new dam downstream on the Tigris River floods the valley sometime in late Fall or winter this year. Taken from the teahouse. The town of 'Batman' is along the bg road at left (it really exists!) and Mardin is off to the right. The park entry to the ruins in the fg at left is closed. From Wiki on the ruined bridge at left:

"The Old Tigris Bridge – Built in 1116 by the Artuqid Sultan Fahrettin Karaaslan, it replaced an older bridge. The bridge over the Tigris River is considered to be the largest from the Medieval Period. Support for the bridge was built with wood in case the bridge had to be removed in order to prevent an attack. Because of this, two piles and some foundation work are all that exist of the bridge today." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasankeyf

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