Mor Gabriyel Syriac Orthodox 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

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

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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

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The front altar, with the curtain withdrawn.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