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Midyat is the geographical and administrative center of Tur Abdin. It lies 60km/37mi to the east of Mardin and consists of two quarters some 3km/2mi apart. The western quarter is inhabited predominantly by Moslems, while the eastern part with its churches is clearly Christian. Many of the large multi-story town houses resemble those in Mardin with facades of finely carved stone. The old church Mar Philoxenos became known as Mar Aznoyo after its restoration, while in the Mar Barsaume the metropolitan himself conducts the services. Midyat is a center for silversmiths and many workshops and small shops selling their jewelery (telkari) can be found in the town.

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