Batman and its ancient city of Hasankeyf, embraces history and nature with its rich historical past. In the land where the Tigris passes from the west to the east amongst thousands of caves is truly a miracle of history. While Batman was a village named Iluh, it was renamed Batman due to the local river Batman in 1950. It became a county of Siirt in 1957 and then became a province in 1990. Batman and environs have natural formations, in which at least 4000 caves are seen to be a rarity amongst its world peers. The regional climate has summers that are warm and dry and winters that are cold and rainy.
Batman’s counties are Besiri, Gercus, Hasankeyf, Kozluk and Sason.
Besides Hasankeyf, famous Malabadi Bridge over Batman River on the Batman- Diyarbakir route is worth seeing. Colourful stones produce the single arched bridge, which Timurtas of Artuklu commissioned in 1147. It is amongst some of the important works architecturally speaking. A Seljuk kumbet (conical roofed tomb), the tomb of Veysel Karani, mosques from the Seljuk period are also historical works that are recommended to be seen.
Given that Batman is an oil city and appears to be an industrial centre at first glance, its natural beauties should not be dismissed. Those who are fond of hunting can hunt hare, partridge, quail, crested lark, turtledove, wild duck, goose, otter, marten and badger. Besides these, mountain sheep on Raman mountain, mountain goat in Kozluk-Sason counties can be found. Enquiries about the hunting seasons should be made.
Meat dishes with plenty of oil, pastries, breads baked in the earthen ovens are so in great demand and very delicious. Woven products, bright silk-silver braided fabrics, needlework, laces and tapestries, wool socks and slippers are souvenirs available for purchase here as well. www.bartin.bel.trwww.bartin.gov.tr