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Into full Anatolia Eastern, Urfa is a biblical city. Town of birth of Abraham, it is a place of pilgrimage for many Moslems who venerate the patriarch. Urfa is called today Sanliurfa. It is for a clean question of love. Not having been able to support the made honor with Aintab, which became Gaziantep, Antep the heroic one, it obtained to be debaptized in its turn with the profit of Sanliurfa - Urfa the glorious one. How that everyone is content! But it is not all. Urfa had already changed name under the orders of Alexandre the Large one to become Edessa - Edesse. To finish this debate of linguistics, let us specify that Edesse remained Edesse under the Byzantines, Arabic and Turkish seldjoukides. They are the Othomans who, in 1637, réintroduirent the name of Urfa. Many Greeks and Armenians continue said Edesse, as they say Constantinople.
With the foot of the citadel is the district of Golbasi and the complex of Dergah. The spiritual heart of Urfa, but also one of the most beautiful places which are. All is only green gardens crossed by basins and channels. One would believe oneself in Venice Moslem woman! According to the legend, Abraham, which had destroyed pagan idols, was to be immoled on order of king Nemrod. At this point in time a miracle occurred: God transformed fire into water, the logs out of fish and Abraham flew away to land on a bed of pinks. From where gardens full with pinks, and two large basins inhabited by carps

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