Fields of Green

A snapshot from Mardin

By / March 2013

From a perch above the Great Mosque of Mardin, less than 20 miles from the Turkish border with Syria, a man takes in a view of ripening wheat and barley fields. The mosque was built in the 12th century. The hillside city of Mardin, dating to 4000 BCE, is one of the oldest settlements in the northern Mesopotamian region.


Michael Cervantez writes about Turkey for EthnoTraveler. To submit a snapshot, send a picture, caption, and brief bio to