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Churches in Mardin

Mor Hananyo Church

The monastery Mor Hananyo, also known as Kurkmo Dayro (in Syriac) or Deir ez-Za`faran (in Arabic) meaning the “Saffron Monastery”, is situated some five kilometers east of Mardin (in South eastern Turkey), in a shallow basin half-way up the side of the mountain ridge. This is one of the most known and ancient structure of Upper Mesopotamia, and the religious ... Read More »

Deyrulzafaran Monastery

The monastery, which presents 5 km east of Mardin, was a settlement for Assyrian Orthodox patriarchs for 640 years until 1932 and consisting of three floors, got its present form in 18th century, with additions made beginning from 5th century. Monastery, was built on a complex which was used as a sun temple before Christ and then as a tower ... Read More »

Midyat Virgin Mary Monastery (Hah-Anıtlı)

According to the local Syriac community, the 6th-century church was originally established by the three Kings of the Orient. The Syriac name of the church is Yoldath (Aloho). The exterior of the dome and bell tower are 20th-century additions. The church bears a striking similarity to the large church at the Deyr-ül Zafaran Monastery, and is considered the most beautiful ... Read More »

Deyr-ul Umur (Mor Gabriel) Monastery

This Syriac Orthodox monastery is one of the oldest functioning monasteries in the world. Perched on a hilltop, the monastery was built in 397 with a financial benefaction from the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius. Various additions have been made over the years. The mosaics on the floor and ceiling of the apse of the main church are the finest surviving examples ... Read More »

Mor Yakup Monastery (Nusaybin)

Located at Nusaybin District Center, the monastery was a Mecusi temple until the martyrdom of Mor Sabo and his 11 disciples. It was built in 328 AD after the death of Mor Yakup on the remains of the earlier temple. Priests used to live there until 19th century. The perfection in stonework gives one the impression that a drip of ... Read More »