The Far East and Black Sea Coast Sights

Mor Gabriel Monastery

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Twenty-five kilometers (15½ miles) southeast of Midyat is the Mor Gabriel monastery, built on the site of a church that dates back to 387. The monastery is on the top of a hill in a desolate area, surrounded by fields and vineyards, a peaceful and tranquil setting. Reopened as a monastery in 1952 after having been closed for some time, the building is a traditionally a nunnery, though barely a dozen women remain; a few monks and the local patriarch, known as a Metropolitan, are also in residence, as are children sent to boarding school here to help preserve the ancient Syriac language. Two churches and a grotto hold the graves of monks who have lived here throughout the centuries. Young men who live here as students are usually on hand to show guests around.

Sight Information

Address:

25 km (15½ miles) southeast of Midyat, Midyat, Mardin, Turkey

Phone:

482-462–1425

Sight Details:

  • 5 TL
  • Daily 9–11:30 and 1–4.30

Published 07/06/2016

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