A portion of the city plan of Ourfa, showing the Armenian neighborhood. See the city plan in its entirety below.


Editorial note

The city of Ourfa and its environs during the Ottoman era.

Houshamadyan will publish a trove of material related to the life, history, and heritage of Armenians who lived in this historic region.

We also hope that natives of Ourfa and their descendants, living all around the world, will contribute to this effort to revive their past by contributing digitized photographs, unpublished memoirs, artifacts to Houshamadyan.

City plan of Ourfa

Created by Bedros Yeremian and Zareh Vorperian. Source - Aram Sahagian, Mythical Urfa and Her Offspring [in Armenian], published by the Union of Ourfa Armenians, Beirut, 1955. Remastered by Houshamadyan. Click on the city plan to zoom in. See the legend for the names of locales that are labeled with numbers. It should be noted that this city plan was created by two men who were living a life of exile outside their native Ourfa, relying solely on their memories.

1) Karakoyun River, 2) Guardhouse, 3) Turkish cemetery, 4) Turkish cemetery, 5) Ruins of Saint Bedros Church, 6) Bediüzzaman tomb, 7) Turkish hospital, 8) Aleppo road, 9) The home of the missionary Dr. Andreas Vischer, 10) The home of the missionary Jakob Künzler, 11) Kerzin Road, 12) German hospital, 13) Nedim Efendi inn, 14) German orphanage, 15) Armory, 16) Karaköprü Road, 17) Assyrian neighborhood, 18) Köprü meydan, 19) Outer city, 20) Bridge and waterways in the Armenian neighborhood, 21) A grave for victims of the 1895 Armenian massacres, 22) Atdeogen, 23) The Samsat Gate, 24) Government building, 25) Prison, 26) Tılfındır Road, 27) The ruins of Djamadents, 28) Bardakchonts neighborhood, 29) Bathhouse near gate, 30) Old armory, 31) Turkish neighborhood, 32) Sou Meydan Mosque, 33) The Tokatlonts home, 34) Entrance of the Armenian neighborhood, 35) Mousali Meydan, 36) Zokou Meydan, 37) Water reservoir of the Armenian neighborhood, 38) The Kouloghlonts home, 39) Kyuloghlonts cul de sac, 40) Kestel (Spring) cul de sac, 41) Temr neighborhood, 42) Pharmacy, 43) Rasdgelenents cul de sac, 44) Bdig/Bzdig (little) Meydan, 45) The Chobanents home, 46) Moukhbir Tano, 47) Meghhesents cul de sac, 48) Tılfındır Hill, 49) Ruins of fortifications, 50) Courtyard, 51) American orphanage, 52) Girls’ secondary school, 53) Armenian Protestant Church, 54) Boys’ secondary school, 55) The Aroushents home, 56) Nshkhin cul de sac, 57) Balonts cul de sac, 58) Hekim Kevork cul de sac, 59) German rug factory (masmana), 60) Turkish neighborhood, 61) Kara Meydan (square), 62) Hovhanness Hekim’s pharmacy, 63) H. Sarigian’s pharmacy, 64) K. Tirekian pharmacy, 65) Market road – Cobblers' market, 66) Ulu Mosque, 67) Armenian Catholic Church, 68) Shamlonts cul de sac, 69) Kaghtatsonts cul de sac, 70) Chengents cul-de-sac, 71) Home of Ketendjonts Toros, 72) Ochoghlou Keoshe (corner), 73) Alahaydonents cul de sac, 74) Ruins of mosque, 75) The Atlazents home, 76) Large avenue in the Armenian neighborhood, 77) The Tarkhanents home, 78) Boz Lokoush, 79) Bedenin Kouloundje, 80) At-Deogen cul de sac, 81) Lekler – ruins of homes, 82) Road to the Saint Sarkis Monastery, 83) Gardens, 84) The Knadjonts home, 85) Ergenents cul de sac, 86) Hagop Tashjian Efendi, 87) The Maghakoghlonts home, 88) Chalonts street, 89) Attar Kevodjanents neighborhood, 90) Bouchakdji Meydan, 91) The Yotneghpayrents home, 92) Merdjemegents cul de sac, 93) Guardhouse, 94) Alandjonts cul de sac, 95) Bedrosian (Nshanents), 96) Gate, 97) Gavour Meydan, 98) Saint Minas cul de sac, 99) Kototents cul de sac, 100) Takavorents cul de sac, 101) Pos bathhouse, 102) Herese Road, 103) Turkish neighborhood, 104) Turkish neighborhood, 105) Teke, 106) Mosque, 107) The Gulonts home, 108) Holy Virgin Church, 109) Courtyard of church, 110) Korgegants cul de sac, 111) A cave in which bodies of Armenian victims of the 1915 Genocide were left, 112) Saghatelents inn, 113) The club of the Hnchak party, 114) The Chetklonts cul de sac, 115) Spring, 116) Spring cul de sac, 117) Chatal Meydan, 118) Kildjnonts, 119) Pokhle Zoukak, 120) Mulberry trees, 121) Bathhouse, 122) Market road, 123) Hasanpasha Mosque, 124) Cafe, 125) A canal connected to the Pond of Abraham, 126) Gardens, 127) Mosque (site of the burnt tree), 128) The fort and its columns (Kalesi ve Surlar), 129) Ayn Zeliha Pond (Ayn Zeliha Gölü), 130) Gardens, 131) Pond of Abraham (Balıklı Göl), 132) Halil-ür Rahman Mosque, 133) Church, monastery, and bell tower, 134) Toward the King Apkar Mountains, 135) Well, 136) The Erkehaldjonts home, 137) Fields and orchards