In south-east Turkey, Mardin and Midyat are popular destinations in their own right, and extremely useful bases from which to explore must-see Tur Abdin and Hasankeyf. However, the small town of Savur, about 40 kms north-north-east of Mardin, makes an equally good base for visiting the same places, but has the advantage of being rarely visited by non-Turkish tourists. Some of Savur’s architecture is as good as that in Mardin and Midyat, and a hilltop konak (large mansion) dating from the Ottoman era has been converted into a remarkable hotel (photos of interiors below were taken inside the konak).
Savur has another advantage: it is only 7 kms from Dereici, which, although largely a ghost village, has two Syriac Orthodox churches that have recently benefited from sensitive restoration. This means that you can get a feel for Tur Abdin without having to aim for its heart (although, if in the region, missing Tur Abdin proper would be very foolish).
So: photos of interiors reveal what the konak is like, the photo with the name Dereici begins the sequence of shots of the ghost village, and sandwiched between these are photos of Savur itself.