Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Midyat Konuk Evi (guest house) used to be owned by a local Protest community is a gorgeous architectural mansion built on local stone masonry.   Considered as the finest of all the grand stone houses in Midyat, it is also called the Governor’s Guesthouse.  It is situated on a high elevation at the highest point in the old town (Eski).   

The mansion has three levels, a courtyard on the ground level, and vast terraces on the upper ones.
I went all the way up to the roof of the mansion to have a really commanding view of the whole town.  The rooftops of the stone houses can be seen from the top-most level.  The semi-circle iron-clad balcony on the last room on the uppermost level (below the rooftop where I stood) is gorgeous, could easily pass as a pretty setting  of a romantic fairytale novel, in the tradition of Romeo & Juliet perhaps?

While sitting on the ledge of the rooftop, I snapped a picture in my mind’s eye of the locations of all the belfries (church bell towers) dispersed across the skyline – I was informed there were about five churches – to search for it on my next day exploration of Eski Midyat.  The view up there of the whole town is simply stunning.

The simple rooms at the Konuk Evi can be booked during your stay at Midyat, I think except for the last one on top.

This mansion garnered popularity when it was used for the setting of the action-romance Turkish soap opera “Sila”.

Entry fee is almost a give-away at only TL1.

Address: Merkez Mah. Midyat Merkez, Midyat


  1. Hi Jimmy! did you stay in Midyat Devlet Konuk Evi? I will be visiting Midyat in a few weeks, and am having trouble finding good accomodation, was wondering how to make a reservation at this guest house

    1. Midyat Gap Hotel is where I've stayed. Clean, big rooms, friendly staff and right at the Eski Midyat (old town).