Mardin (Syriac; meaning fortresses) is a city in southeastern Turkey. The capital of Mardin Province, it is known for its Arab-style architecture, and for its strategic location on a rocky mountain overlooking the plains of northern Syria. The city is located on the slope of a hill looking down south to the Mesopotamian plains. Mardin is on the rail and highway routes connecting Turkey to Syria and Iraq. Mardin has a very mixed population, Turks, Assyrian/Syriacs, Arabs and Kurds all represent large groups. There is also a small Armenian community in the region.