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Typical old Harran House. Harran in Sanliurfa city of Turkey.
A house in Harran. Similar houses are represented on the triumphal arch of Septimius Severus in Rome.
Harran is famous for its traditional 'beehive' mud houses, constructed entirely without wood. The design of these is thought to have been unchanged for at least 3,000 years, and some were still in use as dwellings until the 1980s. However, those remaining are strictly tourist exhibits, while most of Harran's population lives in a new village about 2 kilometres away from the main site of visitor interest.


Harran, also known as Carrhae, is an archeological site in present day southeastern Turkey, 24 miles (39 kilometers) southeast of Sanli Urfa. In its prime, it controlled the point where the road from Damascus joins the highway between Nineveh and Carchemish. This location gave Harran strategic value from an early date. It is frequently mentioned in Assyrian inscriptions as early as the time of Tiglath-Pileser I, about 1100 BC, under the name Harranu, or "Road"( Akkadian harrānu, road, path, journey ). After the Shupiluliuma-Shattiwazza treaty, Harran was burned by a Hittite army under Piyashshili in the course of the conquest of Hanilgalbat.

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