The Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery (also known as Deyrulzafaran) is located in the hills, about 7km southeast of Mardin. It was founded in 493 AD. From 1160 until 1920 it was the seat of Syrian Orthodox patriarch. Like the buildings in nearby Mardin it is built with pale, honey-coloured local stone. Nowadays it is open for tourists. The complex contains a church and some interesting chambers.
01 Staircase 02 Vase 03 Staircase 04 Inner court
05 Church tower 06 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 07 Chapel 08 Chapel 09 Monastery interior
10 Internal chamber 11 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 12 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery
13 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 14 Deyr-az-Zaferan monastery 15 Olive trees
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