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Tag Archives: Mardin Syriac Churches

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 »

Mor Behirmiz Church

Thought to date from the 6th century, the church served as the seat of the Nestorian metropolitan bishop until 1552. The church was then transferred to the Chaldean Catholic community, who continue to use it to this day. The dome of the church has an octagonal exterior. Read More »

Surp Kevork Church

The church of the Armenian Orthodox community, Surp Kevork is known locally as the ‘Hamra’ church. When the building was being restored in 1780, a stone marked with the date 429 was uncovered. Read More »

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 »