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Midyat (Matiate), a name that means either ‘mirror’ or ‘city of caves’ depending on who you consult, is a major area of settlement. This town, where Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and Assyrian are spoken, underwent continuous changes in its cultural and religious fabric owing to migrations. But one thing that has never changed is that this township of Mardin is an open-air museum in every sense of the word, its beauty enriched by the stone houses, which serve the traditional social structure and define the bounds of privacy, and the beauty of the workmanship of its other buildings. The Syriac Orthodox Christians(Suryani in Turkish), who abandoned the town years ago to settle in Europe, are slowly coming back and building new homes decorated with reliefs of flowers, leaves and clusters of grapes that keep alive the traditional stone workmanship of their ancestors.

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Additional Photos by Abdurrahman Aksoy (midyat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 63 N: 261] (2545)
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