City of Crafts and Folk Arts

20 thousand beads from the Neolithic period found in the excavations in the Beaded Field field in Mardin and the findings in the relevant creative field in the following historical period; It shows that crafts and folk arts are the city.

It is located in the Mesopotamia plain between the Mardin, Euphrates and Tigris rivers. It has a population of 854,716 and an area of 8,891 km². In addition, it hosts 90 thousand Syrian Refugees. Mardin has been a settlement since the Paleolithic ages. The city is a state in the Ottoman Period; Province in early 1923; In 2012, it gained Metropolitan status.
It hosted the Sumerian, Babylonian, Persian, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. In the city; Armenian, Syriac, Kurd, Arab, Turkish, Domani; Different ethnic, religious and sects such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Ezidism, Keldanism, Zoroastrianism, Shamsism, and Magi live together.
Since Mardin is on the Silk Road, it has a lively trade volume. Having an airport is important for tourists and investors. Located in the fertile Crescent, the economy of the city consists of cultural tourism, agricultural trade and crafts. The export amount for 2020 is 903,933.60 USD.
There are 1630 registered immovable cultural assets in Mardin. Zeynel Abidin Complex and Mor Yakup Church are on the UNESCO temporary cultural protection list. In the city, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin Museum, Sakıp Sabancı City Museum and Private Gallery, Academy and Promotion Centers, Telkari, Ceramic, Wood, Weaving, Kite etc. workshops have the potential to become a creative city with its rich history and human resources. While communicating with many creative and entrepreneurial international communities through international biennials, exhibitions, festivals and projects, it communicated with Sharjah, Limoges, Barcelos, San Cristobal de las Casas, Sheki within the framework of creative city networks.

City Information

District: 10
Municipality: 11
Neighborhood: 702
Area: 8,858 km2
Population: 838.778

Neighboring Cities: Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa, Batman, Siirt and Şırnak
Adjacent Countries: Syria


UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

- Mardin Cultural Landscape Area
- Zeynel Abidin and Mor Yakup Church

Located in Nusaybin, one of the important districts of the province of Mardin, Mor Yakup Church and Zeynel Abidin Mosque, which are located approximately 250 meters from the Syrian border, enrich the history and culture of humanity as a proof of the existence of different religions, languages and cultures by sharing a common historical process and a common destiny.
Zeynel Abidin Mosque Complex; It consists of a mosque, a minaret, two tombs (Tombs of Zeynel Abidin and his sister Sitti Zeynep), a fountain, madrasah rooms, a cemetery and a new ablution facility. The complex is shaped in an open courtyard with a garden; It was generally built in L plan scheme with cut stone material.
Zeynel Abidin and his sister Sitti Zeynep in the mausoleums in the mosque complex, Hz. They are the 13th generation descendants of Muhammad and are considered sacred throughout the Islamic world. According to the inscription on the tomb, the mosque was built in the 12th century.
Mor Yakup Church; It is located just 100 meters east of Zeynel Abidin Mosque. Known as one of the oldest churches in the Upper Mesopotamia region, this church started to be built in 313 by Mor Yakup, who was brought to the bishop of Nusaybin in AD 309. From some inscriptions and texts; It is understood that the church was built as the baptistery building of the Nusaybin Cathedral, but was transformed into the Mor Yakup Church after the cathedral and other buildings were demolished in the following periods.
The relationship of Mor Yakup Church and Zeynel Abidin Mosque with each other is not merely their close positioning, but they reflect a common past.


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Geographical Indications


Immovable Cultural Property


Craft and Folk Art Workshops


Design and Innovation Center


Public Education Center




Maturation Institute

It consists of refugees as much as 10.4% of the population of Mardin.

It consists of refugees as much as 10.4% of the population of Mardin. The integration of refugees and indigenous people has created a new diversity in handicrafts. These innovations in the field of Crafts and Folk Art offer a new opportunity for the wealth of the international network. These opportunities also create new job opportunities. The creation of a different means of livelihood for refugees and disadvantaged groups in the unemployment sector has an impact on the development of the city.