Midyat and Syriac-Orthodox St. Akhsnoyo church
Midyat (Turoyo / Aramaic: ܡܕܝܕ Mëḏyaḏ, Kurdish: Midyad) is a district of Mardin Province of Turkey. The ancient city is the epicenter of a centuries-old Christian Syriacs enclave in Southeast-Turkey, widely familiar under its Aramaic name Tur Abdin. A cognate of the name Midyat is first encountered in an inscription of the Neo-Assyrian king Ashur-nasir-pal II (883-859 B.C.). This royal text depicts how Syriacs forces conquered the city and its surrounding villages. In its long history, the city of Midyat has remained politically subjected by various rulers - from the Syriacs of old to the modern Turks.