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

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.

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.

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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The front altar, with the curtain withdrawn.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

Pictures from the Harem at Topkapı Palace

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.