Mardin Ili Travel Guide

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    The underground sun worshipper's temple.
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  • Saint Hirmiz Chaldean Church

    Mardin Things to Do

    This 1,600 year-old Saint Hirmiz Chaldean church is located along the main Cumhuriyet Cadessi. The sign indicates AD397, probably the construction date of the church.

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  • Erdoba Konaklari

    Mardin Hotels

    1 Cadde No 135, MARDIN, TR

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • At the butchers.

    Mardin Shopping

    It's quite common to see meat hanging in the shop windows like on this picture. In Sweden this would be absolutely impossible. Here all meat and other fresh products are wrapped in plastic and labeled with weight and price. It should also tell the country of origin. I don't know if this is always better than in other counties, but the hygiene must...

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Mor Gabriel Monastery

  • Recommended Reading

    Mor Gabriel Monastery Favorites

    For further information on the Tur Abdin, I recommend reading the following:* Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account, by Mark DelCogliano (an essay that can be found on the internet).* From the Holy Mountain, by William Dalrymple.* Turabdin, Living Cultural Heritage, by Hans Hollerweger

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  • Hermit's Tower & Other Ruins

    Mor Gabriel Monastery Things to Do

    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...

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  • The Crypt (Beth Qadishe)

    Mor Gabriel Monastery Things to Do

    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...

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Deyrulzafaran Monastery

  • Monastic Buildings

    Deyrulzafaran Monastery Things to Do

    Constructed over many centuries, the monastic buildings of Deyrulzafaran are where monks live and study. Although very few do so these days, at one time during its history the monastery would have hosted hundreds of monks. It is said that the monastery has 365 rooms, one for each day of the year! The architecture of the monastic buildings is simple...

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  • Who are the Suriani?

    Deyrulzafaran Monastery Local Customs

    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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  • Monastery Visitor's Entrance

    Deyrulzafaran Monastery Things to Do

    Visitors to Deyrulzafaran enter through this purposefully built structure. It was built in recent decades, though in a style similar to the older structures, to host visitors. It is complete with souvernir shops, a café, and an exhibition (with photos of various Suriani churches around the Tur Abdin region). A ticket booth lies outside, on the...

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