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Midyat and Syriac-Orthodox St. Akhsnoyo church | by Senol Demir
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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.[citation needed] 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.).[citation needed] 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.

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Taken on December 23, 2007