Sanliurfa, also known as Urfa, is a city located in southeastern Turkey and is considered one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The city has a rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine that is sure to delight any visitor.
One of the must-visit places in Sanliurfa is the ancient city of Göbeklitepe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to 11,000 BCE. This archaeological site is considered the world’s oldest temple and features massive T-shaped pillars that are adorned with intricate carvings of animals and symbols.
During the Ramadan Feast holiday 2023, residents from all over the world flocked to Şanlıurfa, causing a density at the famed Balklgöl Campus. Those who travelled to Şanlıurfa for the holiday from other provinces in Turkey visited Balikligol, which is known as the “largest natural aquarium” in the world and plays a significant role in religion tourism.
After two months, the lake’s water, which had become hazy as a result of the earthquake and flood, got back to normal. Visitors who threw bait to the fish in the community where life resumed normalcy captured the occasion on camera as a keepsake. Selim çten, a local who travelled to Anlurfa with his family, observed that the water still had some turbidity. He added:
“Hopefully, everything will improve in due course. Over the past few months, Urfa has experienced a few catastrophes. May Allah forbid that such catastrophes ever occur again. People used to visit Balikligol before making a pilgrimage because it is a holy site for Muslims and a significant location worldwide. Our forefathers used to say that. In this regard, we are looking forward to our people visiting this location. We advise them to see this mystical setting.”
Yeliz Yelmen, who first arrived from Bursa and said they liked Balklgöl very well, said,
“We came from Bursa, we liked it very much. I believe everyone should see this location. Anyone who has the chance should visit and take a look. After their excursion to Göbeklitepe, Demir Yelmen, who was in Sanliurfa for the Bayram holiday, declared that he liked Balklgöl very good and that everyone should visit it.”