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That night, cocooned under a heavyweight quilt in the Silva’s living room I thought again about Göbeklı Tepe's wishing tree. How, despite the fact that the archaeological site was only discovered in 1994, local villagers had for years cast their heads upwards and hiked up there to pray for their wishes to come true. Somehow, through a game of Chinese whispers, an echo of that place's importance had been passed down unbroken across the centuries. I thought about the Abraham Path and how today's new trekking trail could also be seen as an echo.  

"This path has been here for 4,000 years," Ury said. "All we're doing is dusting off a few footprints to shine a light on it."

The Turkish Abraham Path is a 10-day, 170km route beginning in the village of Yuvacalı (a 60km drive from Şanlıurfa) and ending in the town of Harran. Shorter walking itineraries along the trail can be arranged if you are pressed for time.

Walking the path costs from 45 euros per person per day, including homestay accommodation, meals and a local walking guide. To book, visit

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