Harran, Sanliurfa

South of Sanliurfa, the landscape progressively flattens into the Mesopotamian plain. All the villages here, originally poverty-ridden are gradually experiencing a progressive economy. The village of Harran is off the main tarmac road leading to Syria. The site of the famous Temple of Sin (alternatively known as the first University) was at Harran. Harran is a place of religious, mythological and historical significance. Here Rebecca drew water for Jacob and from here Abraham decided to move into the land of Cannan. The Roman Emperor Crassus was defeated by the Parthians right here. Bits and pieces of history lie strewn at Harran. Standing atop the reins of the ancient citadel, you can look at rocks and materials, broken vessels etc. that bears historic links with the ancient times.