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Mor Evgin (Augen) Monastery

Mor Evgin (Augen) Monastery

While the precise history of the monastery is not known, legend has it that it was founded in 340 by Saint Eugenius or Eugene (Augen), an Egyptian pearl diver from the Red Sea. One of the oldest monasteries in the region, Mor Augen is known locally as ‘Deyr-Marog’.

Originally a Nestorian monastery, ownership was later transferred to the Chaldean community. The monastery stands 500 meters above the plain on the slopes of Tur Abdin, and consists of both caves and buildings.

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