Pictures from Hasan Kayf

June 14, 2015

This ancient village was a series of caves until recently. It will soon be flooded to make a reservoir for Turkey and cease to exist. Here are a couple of pictures.

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The Tigris, which will be flooded.

The Tigris, which will be flooded.

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Cave dwellings

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The town today, which will be flooded.

The town today, which will be flooded.

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Cave dwellings

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Cave dwellings

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“Power, Personalities and Politics: The Growth of Iranian Christianity since 1979″ in Mission Studies

June 8, 2015

Allow me to share with you a recent publication on the growth of Christianity in Iran since the revolution. It is published in Mission Studies 32(1). The article can be procured through this website.

Surp Hovsep (St Joseph) Armenian Catholic Church in Mardin, Turkey

June 8, 2015
A chapel altar

A chapel altar

The main altar

The main altar

Such a variety of styles, many of them popular

Such a variety of styles, many of them popular

High capacity

High capacity

Excess religious art

Excess religious art

The main altar from the rear

The main altar from the rear

A side altar from the rear of the church

A side altar from the rear of the church

All photos copyright Duane Miller 2015.

Mor Gabriyel Syriac Orthodox Monastery

June 6, 2015
More Gabriyel Monastery

More Gabriyel Monastery

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The sanctuary. Looks like it is undergoing renovation.

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The courtyard

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The steeple of the nave and towers

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All pictures copyright 2015 Duane Alexander Miller

The Syriac Catholic Church of St Meryem Ana in Mardin, Turkey

June 4, 2015
The church under reconstruction

The church under reconstruction

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Looking around the church

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Workers working away

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The plaque outside the church

All pictures copyright Duane Miller 2015.

Deir ul Zafaran (دير الزعفران) in Mesopotamia (Turkey)

June 3, 2015
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With Ben Poland and Fr. Gabriel

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An ancient depiction of St John

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A very old printing press

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Note the hills planted with trees

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Note the Syriac inscription above the entrance.

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The monastery is surrounded by many trees

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Pictures are from June of 2015 (copyright Duane Miller)

St Hirmiz Chaldean Church in Mardin, Turkey

June 2, 2015

We had to ask around to figure out who could let us into this old church. We have been told that there is a single Chaldean Christian family left in the city of Mardin by a couple of local Christians. The church itself is very large and could easily fit well over a hundred people.

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The plaque on the outside wall

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A small side altar in the rear of the church

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Jesus blesses the children

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The altar and side attars are behind curtains. There is a chandelier in front of the center curtain.

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More artwork

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Jesus and St Mary with Joseph?

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A tomb with Syriac inscriptions (?)

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The front altar, with the curtain withdrawn.

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Yet another altar

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The curtain has the Ascension of Christ

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The principal dome

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Another secondary altar

 

All pictures copyright Duane Miller, 2015

The Orthodox Church of Ss. Peter and Paul, in Antioch, Turkey

June 2, 2015

A couple of pictures, from (Orthodox) Pentecost of 2015:

The interior

The interior

The bell tower

The bell tower

Facade, from the courtyard

Facade, from the courtyard

All photos copyright D Miller 2015

Rumeli Hisarı, 15th Century Turkish Fortress

May 28, 2015
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View of a tower from the interior courtyard

Close to the end of my time in Istanbul I wanted to visit something a little different, and this was recommended to us. Great views, but lots of stairs!

View of the Bosphorus from Rumeli Hisari.

View of the Bosphorus from Rumeli Hisari.

Pictures from the Harem at Topkapı Palace

May 21, 2015

I am here in Istanbul for teaching (and learning, of course). Here are a few pictures I was able to take when not preparing lectures or teaching or leading discussions or whatever it is a professor does:

Wonderful colors.

Wonderful colors.

I like the color decorations around the upper windows.

I like the color decorations around the upper windows.

Tiles.

Tiles.

The court of the Haram.

The court of the Haram.

A warming kettle

A warming kettle

I loved this metal lattice.

I loved this metal lattice.

One of the haram rooms.

One of the haram rooms.

Domes everywhere.

Domes everywhere.

I liked the windows high in the walls.

I liked the windows high in the walls.

The main hall for guests. This couch would have been for the Sultan, though there was a balcony for the women to the left and up.

The main hall for guests. This couch would have been for the Sultan, though there was a balcony for the women to the left and up.

Me in the great hall.

Me in the great hall.

More domes,

More domes,

Some domes have skylights.

Some domes have skylights.

Some domes have skylights.

Some domes have skylights.

To the left is a shelf for cleaning dishes.

To the left is a shelf for cleaning dishes.

Tiles.

Tiles.

Pictures from Topkepi Palace on the Golden Horn, and then mostly from the Harem.

Pictures from Topkepi Palace on the Golden Horn, and then mostly from the Harem.


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