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This is a scene of sunset in Halfeti

Halfeti, Urfa (Turkey)

Halfeti is a small, impoverished district on the banks of the river Euphrates in Urfa (Şanlıurfa) Province in Turkey 120km from the city of Şanlıurfa. Population (2000 census) 33,467 (of which 2,608 were in the town of Halfeti, the majority being in the surrounding villages, mostly Kurdish).

Most of the villages -also Halfeti which half lies under the water - were submerged in the 1990s under the waters behind the dam on the Euphrates at Birecik. The town Halfeti was therefore removed to the village of Karaotlak, the building of the new town is now complete. It is called Yeni Halfeti (New Halfeti).

Behind the walls of the ancient Ottoman houses you see the minaret of Halfeti`s mosque, whose prayer halls are knee-deeply under water. the typical sleeping berths, whereon matresses lie, get encased by white drapery as anti-glare shields for the morning sun. Only the top stays open - so you see the stars at night.

The alleyways of Halfeti mostly plunge down. They`re not covered. Like many places of East & Southern East Anatolia, there are no official dustbins, but everyone tries to hold their villages clean.
All in all, Halfeti is a very idyllic place: it`s bult on the valley of the Euphrates, surrounded by hills. Close to it, there is the castle RUMKALE, the DEGIRMEN DERESI gorge or the mystical grot system BUK U ZAVA.
Halfeti....a place worth to visit.

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