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Deyrulumur Monastery, also known as Dayro d-Mor Gabriel, is the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world. It is located on the Tur Abdin plateau near Midyat in the Mardin Province, Southeastern Turkey.

Founded in 397, Deyrulumur is the most vital Syriac Orthodox monastery in Turkey, with around fifteen nuns and two monks occupying separate wings, as well as a fluctuating number of local lay workers and guests from overseas. It is also the seat of the metropolitan bishop of Tur Abdin.

Deyrulumur is a working community set amongst gardens and orchards, and somewhat disfigured by 1960s residential accommodation. The monastery's primary purpose is to keep Syriac Orthodox Christianity alive in the land of its birth by providing schooling, ordination of native-born monks. On occasions it has provided physical protection to the Christian population. Deyrulumur is open to visitors, and it is possible to stay with permission, but is closed, firmly, after dark.
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Like Mor Hananyo / Deyrulzafaran Monastery(Saffron Monastery), Deyrulumur is one of the must places to visit should you go to Mardin. Its architecture is very impressive and the stonework is superb. Both these monasteries are well-maintained buildings in the outskirts of the city (Mor Hananyo 8 km far from Mardin and Mor Gabriel 15 min. away from Midyat).

In the WS you can see one of the courtyards and a monk. The only ugly thing in the monastery is the steel rails (you can see them in the WS) and when I asked the monk why they let such a horrible thing ruin the beauty of the stairs, he said they didn't have a choice in the matter as they didn't have the necessary finances.

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