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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Tuesday June 1. [1 June 1909] Wrote letters most of the day. The
Wards and Miss Baldwin came to tea after which Mr R. [Rawlins] and I
rode down to the bridge. It is supposed to be Roman but I did not see
anything earlier than what might have been Arabic. The arches on the
E side (or on the S side, left bank) are different from the others, the
bridge here considerably narrower and on the lower side the arches
are of alternate black and white stones. The old khans in Diarbekr
[Diyarbakir (Amida)] are built in the same way. There is one inside
the Mardin gate and another in the bazaar where my caravan put up.
Also many of the mosques are striped and the modern houses inside
the courts are adorned with patterns and stripes of white. Half the
bazaar was burnt down in 1895 at the time of the massacres. It is very
attractive, shaded with trees, but dirty!

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