Diyarbakır is among the rare cities to have remained in existence on its original site for six thousand years straight, thus representing the development of urban history in all of its stages. It is particularly special and important with its rich cultural heritage and multilingual, multicultural and multifaith character. This website has been prepared in order to record, preserve and promulgate this city’s history accumulated over the ages.

In Diyarbakır’s Memory, tangible and intangible cultural values and history are treated in light of various chosen themes, drawing on material culture objects as well as visual and audio material and documents pertaining to history, culture, social life, architecture, trade, production, natural life, daily life, music, literature, art, etc.

Later on, we hope to collect information and documents on the history, culture, architecture and sociocultural makeup of Diyarbakır by way of archival research, hold conferences and academic presentations, and prepare this data for publication with the contribution and participation of scholars. We realize this is a challenging and long-term endeavour, requiring patience and determination.

This is also an open call to all those who wish to contribute to our efforts, enriching and innovating our work by becoming part of it. Your participation is vital to creating a platform that compiles information and documents on Diyarbakır, brings these to the attention of scholars and those interested, keeps memory fresh for future generations, and breathes life into the profound history and culture of the city. We are ready to receive documents of historical value as well as oral history-related information, documents, visual and audio material regarding the city’s history, culture and architecture such as photographs, sound/voice recordings, films, maps, plans, documents, manuscripts, family tree records, letters, official papers, autobiographical data and unpublished notes kept in private collections. Upon your submitting such documents to the Diyarbakır’s Memory they will be converted to digital form, after which the originals shall be returned to you. You may reach us through our contact information in order to share such resources, obtain information regarding the terms of use of the material you share, and provide any suggestions you may have.

The project is being run by the Diyarbakır Association for the Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets (Diyarbakır Kültür Tabiat Varlıklarını Koruma Derneği), which was founded in Diyarbakır in 1996 for the purpose of protecting and conserving tangible and intangible cultural and natural assets. It works to protect, document and promote the city’s cultural and natural values.

Collaborating with the Diyarbakır Association for the Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets for the Diyarbakır’s Memory project, Anadolu Kültür was founded in 2002 in order to contribute to the production, viewing and sharing of arts and culture in Anatolian towns and promulgate a pluralistic understanding of culture. The very same year it established the Diyarbakır Arts Center, with the mission of building bridges between artists and cultural practitioners in the west and Diyarbakır, supporting local artists and providing a common space for discussion and artistic/cultural production. Anadolu Kültür also undertakes projects to record, digitally archive and preserve cultural assets.

Nevin Soyukaya

Assistant coordinator
Birgül Açıkyıldız

Web coordinator
Veli Başyiğit

Information and records officers
Pınar Can, Arjin Çiftkuran, Gülhan Doğan, Rubin Karakoyunlu, Fatma Kaya, Derya Kılıç, Elif Güceyü Tarhan


Design and implementation
Ali Seçkin Karayol