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Assyrian Mor Behnam (Kirklar) Orthodox Church

By nonur  
Mardin was once home to a large Christian community and the churches still remain in the city, although only several are functioning. One of the still functioning Assyrian churches is the Kirklar Kilisesi. It's on a narrow lane, a hundred yards or so west of Mardin museum. The church which was built in the name of Mor Behnam and his sister Saro in the midst of 6th century is also known as Kirklar Church. Both names come from early period Christian legends. Spiritual and administrative affairs of the Assyrian people were governed from this church after Mardin became Patriarchate in 1293. Patriarchs and metropolitans used to live in the rooms of an edifice which was built with cut stones in the courtyard of the church. A new centre for the patriarch was built in the place of these rooms in 1850, a council room was added by broadening it in 1925. Its known that a school was opened there in 1799 and it was operative between the years 1825 1899. Education continued until 1928.

Thank you all folks for the C/C's on my previous upload. My special thanks go to Ray (Rayme330) and Billy (williamsloan) for their much valued UA's.

Tags: Photo journalism Church Architecture Turkey Mardin Assyrian Mor Behnam Kirklar Orthodox Church

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ColleenA Plus
5 350 5 Australia
6 Nov 2013 7:56AM
An interesting set...but V1.... That door is amazing...great pov..

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fentiger Plus
16 916 24 England
6 Nov 2013 7:57AM
Another interesting and informative set of images.

cats_123 Plus
13 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 Nov 2013 8:19AM
`Riveting' GrinGrinGrin
6 Nov 2013 8:30AM
Thats certainly seen life.....
Very interesting photo nice texture,Smile reminds me of one of my wife's "brownies" she cooks
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 8:37AM
Beautiful and interesting set. Peter.
6 Nov 2013 8:39AM
wonderful set Nezih, V1 and 2 for me, love the old doors, full of lovely textures. have a good day dear friend Patty GrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
6 Nov 2013 8:44AM
A fine set of well composed images, Nezih!!
6 Nov 2013 8:48AM
A very interesting upload, Nezih - well composed and taken images - V1 is my favourite!

capto Plus
5 4.8k 8 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 8:51AM
A fine set, I particularly like the old doors.Smile

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1847 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 9:05AM
Doors for keeping the neighbours out if you don't like the look of them...
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 149 16 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 9:25AM
A very interesting write to go with another great set of images NezihSmile

Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 10:06AM
A lovely set of images and I love that door in V2.
I like the archway and perspective in V3 also.
A lovely set of images yet again, great detail and colour.

Mary Grin
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
6 Nov 2013 11:24AM
History well illustrated, Nezih. The door and locks on v2 are fascinating. v3 is very well composed and timed.

Good set of captures , nicely processed and presented.
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 1:30PM
I agree with all of the above - a super set Nezih!
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
6 Nov 2013 1:49PM
A fine set Nezih.
Like the ornate doors on show here.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 4:17PM
Lovely set.
7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 4:46PM
A very interesting and informative pre narrative supported by an equally interesting and well captured set of images Nezih.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
a well captured set of images V1forme i love it.

woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 6:21PM
Yet another fascinating set, Nezih, but I find it difficult to progress past the magnificent door in V1. It has a magnetic attraction!
Some wonderful looking architectural features here, Nezih.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
6 Nov 2013 7:19PM
A very interesting series of shots, Nezih -- and I like the informative commentary as well.
6 Nov 2013 11:08PM
Lovely set of images.
7 Nov 2013 6:23AM
So very very enjoyable so very very interesting!

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