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Tag Archives: Mardin Monasteries

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 »

Virgin Mary Church and Patriarchate

The beautifully ornamented church was constructed by Patriarch Antuan Semheri in 1860 and is supported by 21 columns. The choir gallery boasts excellent acoustics. The patriarchate was built in 1895 by the Patriarch of Antioch Ignatios Behnam Banni. Today, the building serves as the premises of the Mardin Museum. 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 »

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 »