While searching for the highlights – mosques, madrasas, churches, bedestans, hamam, etc – of the old part of Mardin, you will be wandering around walking through the cobbled stone streets and narrow lanes layered around the steep rock mountain all overlooking the green Mesopotamian plains. The lanes are quite quaint and charming and walking around...more
Mardin is famous for its old town on top of the mountain lined with its historic golden honey coloured houses made of limestones which are pretty enhanced during sunset. The houses are built in layers on the sides of the rock steep mountain. It’s a magical setting or fairy tale if I may use the adjective, with the castle perched on top, you could...more
Mor Gabriel Monastery
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...more
For further information on the Tur Abdin, I recommend reading the following:* Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account, by Mark DelColgiano (an essay that can be found on the internet).* From the Holy Mountain, by William Dalrymple.* Turabdin, Living Cultural Heritage, by Hans Hollerwegermore
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...more
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...more
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...more
Top Mardin Ili Hotels
- Mardin Hotels
- 49 Reviews - 204 Photos
- Save money, Book now!
- Booking.com Excellent choice, Low rates
- Discount Hotel Rooms
- Priceline.com More Ways to Save on Hotels. Save up to 50% on Top Brands.