The Mor Gabriel monastery, also known as Deyrulumur, Dayro d-Mor Gabriel or ܕܝܪܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܓܒܪܐܝܠ in Syriac is the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world. It is located on the Tür Abdin plateau, 20km southeast of Midyat, not far from the border to Syria. The monastery was founded in 397 AD and quickly became a major religious centre. By the 6th century AD it had over 1000 local and Coptic monks. The Mor Gabriel monastery is still actively used; nowadays is the seat of the metropolitan bishop of Tür Abdin. It is within a large walled compound which also includes a substantial piece of land. The well preserved buildings are richly decorated and very artistic. Upon arrival to the Mor Gabriel monastery, visitors are assigned to a guide who will show them around.
How to get to the Mor Gabriel monastery
The Mor Gabriel monastery can be easily reached by car from Mardin.
There is no accomodation at the monastery. The closest hotels are in Midyat.