Old Yezidi village

South of Midyat in southeast Turkey, the virtually abandoned village of Bacın was once home to a population of Yezidis, dualists and believers in the Peacock Angel (Tavukmeleği) for whom Wednesday is the most important day in the week.

At the end of a dirt road, Bacın has a certain picturesque charm. It’s worth coming here anyway to see a rare surviving Yezidi temple, a small, unadorned circular building kept locked up in a walled garden whose trees are hung with rags, presumably indicating prayer.

Transport info

There is no public transport to Bacın. You will need to hire a taxi in Midyat to reach it.


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