St Hirmiz Chaldean Church in Mardin, Turkey

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.

The plaque on the outside wall
A small side altar in the rear of the church
Jesus blesses the children
The altar and side attars are behind curtains. There is a chandelier in front of the center curtain.
More artwork
Jesus and St Mary with Joseph?
A tomb with Syriac inscriptions (?)
The front altar, with the curtain withdrawn.
Yet another altar
The curtain has the Ascension of Christ
The principal dome
Another secondary altar


All pictures copyright Duane Miller, 2015


Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am at-large lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (, and deacon at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog ( or page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

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