Mor Gabriel Monastery Travel Guide

  • Bell towers of Mor Gabriel, Christmas Eve, 2012
    Bell towers of Mor Gabriel, Christmas...
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  • Cows along the road
    Cows along the road
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  • Mor Gabriel from a distance, Dec 2012
    Mor Gabriel from a distance, Dec 2012
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Mor Gabriel Monastery Things to Do

  • Hermit's Tower & Other Ruins

    Seen in the attached photo is this lone ancient tower known as the Hermit's Tower. It lies to the west of the monastery among other ancient ruins, including those of two mausoleums and the Church of Mor Shemun. They were part of the older monastic complex, when Mor Gabriel was even larger and more important than it is today. Unfortunately, our tour...

  • The Crypt (Beth Qadishe)

    Also known as the Church of the Forty Martyrs, this burial chamber is the Crypt of Mor Gabriel Monastery. In Syriac, it is called Beth Qadishe, or "House of Saints" and is said to contain the relics of some 12,000 saints and martyrs, including those of Saint Gabriel of Qartmin, after whom the Monastery is named, and of Saint Samuel (Shmuyel), one...

  • Church of the Virgin Mary

    Built in the 6th or 7th century AD, the Church of the Virgin Mary is a second church within Mor Gabriel Monastery. Some historians believe it was commissioned by Saint Gabriel of Qartmin himself while he was Bishop residing at the monastery, but if this were true, then its date of construction would definitively be in the 7th century AD. At the...

  • Inner Courtyard

    This beautiful stone courtyard connects the ancient churches and halls of Mor Gabriel Monastery, and seems as old as the Monastery itself. It has a well and four young olive trees, and the twin bell towers of the Great Church tower above it

  • The Dome of Theodora

    Another striking ancient structure within Mor Gabriel Monastery is the Dome of Theodora. As its name indicates, it was commissioned by Empress Theodora, wife of Emperor Justinian, after her visit to the monastery in the first half of the 6th century AD, which speaks volumes about the importance of this Monastery during that period. To give some...

  • The Great Church of Mor Gabriel

    Beneath the two bell towers and red-tiled roof of Mor Gabriel Monastery lies the Great Church of Mor Gabriel, dedicated to the 7th century Bishop of Tur Abdin, Gabriel of Qartmin. The striking structure was built in 512 AD by the architects Theodore and Theodosius, and it was in part funded by Roman Emperor Anastasius. Despite its age, the Great...


Mor Gabriel Monastery Transportation

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    by MM212 Updated Mar 31, 2013

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    Mor Gabriel Monastery is located some 20 minutes south-east of Midyat. Although taxis in Midyat would likely take you there and back (pre-arrange the return!), the remote monastery is best reached with one's own transportation (of course, a map or Google Maps would come in handy). The road south of Midyat is a quite good, recently paved one (as of Dec 2012), and there is a sign that points to the turn towards the monastery. Beware though, the turn is immediately after the sign and one could easily miss it. After the turn, the road is very narrow and not in great shape. The route snakes around beautiful semi-arid cliffs and agricultural landscape, like those seen in the attached photos.

    Cows along the road Mor Gabriel from a distance, Dec 2012 Good road south of Midyat, Dec 2012
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Mor Gabriel Monastery Local Customs

  • Mor Gabriel Touring Rules

    Hours and touring rules are detailed in the attached photo and must be respected when visiting Mor Garbriel. Make sure you arrive during the hours open and expect to be shown around by a member of the Monastery.

  • Who are the Suriani?

    Please refer to the Local Customs tips on my Tur Abdin page for a perspective on the Suriani and the Syriac Orthodox Church.

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Mor Gabriel Monastery Favorites

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    by MM212 Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Favorite thing: For further information on the Tur Abdin, I recommend reading the following:

    * From the Holy Mountain, by William Dalrymple.

    * Turabdin, Living Cultural Heritage, by Hans Hollerweger

    * Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account, by Mark DelColgiano (an essay that can be found on the internet).

    * Tur Abdin: Réflexions sur l’état présent des communautés syriaques du Sud-Est de la Turquie, mémoire, exils, retours (an essay in French that can be found on the internet).

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