Iskender Atamyan Mansion, which was used as a headquarters by the Germans who allied with the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, has a structure similar to the Mardin mansions and dates back to the 19th century. There are many photographs of the mansion. What makes the mansion important is that it was used as a headquarters by the Germans in 1917 during the First World War and it was also used as a garrison, residence and headquarters by Mustafa Kemal Pasa.
It is one of the important examples of traditional Mardin architectural mansions in Gül neighbourhood, just below Mardin Castle, overlooking the Mesopotamian plain. The history of the building is not known exactly since there is no inscription and date. However, based on the architectural features of the building, it is estimated that the first two floors were built in the 19th century and the last floor was built in the 1940s or 1950s. Camel feeders are found in the courtyard and stable section on the ground floor of the building. The mansion was one of the stopping points and trade centres of camel caravans in its period. It changed hands over time between many Mardinite families. It was used as a living space as well as a trade centre. Restoration works have been ongoing since 2019. It will be opened for the first time as the venue of the Mardin Biennial.
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Built in 19th century Mardin Architecture, this building was built as an extension of the house of the Mardinite Armenian Merchant Salleme Family. Ü