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Mor Mihael Church

Syriac records indicate that this Syriac Orthodox church dates no earlier than the late 5th century. The bell tower stands on a 10th-century bastion, while the tombs in the vaulted crypt date from the 2nd century. While the underground chamber is pre- Christian, the church itself is thought to have been built in 495. 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 »