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178_Izbirak - Tur Abdin

The Tur Abdin (in Syriac "mountain of the servants of God") is a plateau dotted by about eighty monasteries (sometimes with a lone monk, as Izbirak), around which there are often small villages. In this enclave, inhabited by Aramaic people, the Syrian Orthodox Church has endured for almost two thousand years, surrounded by the Islamic world. "To Eastern Turkey" series

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Uploaded on June 19, 2011