Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

The skyline of old Midyat is dominated by lofty church belfries alongside few minarets, for apparent reason, it has been a Syriac enclave throughout history.  There are at least three mosques that I have visited during my search (vis-a-vis) for the five churches in the old town (Eski Midyat).  Three I have seen in the new town including the Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii)  in Estel.

Cevat Pasha Mosque

This mosque is probably the first sight that you will encounter when you start your tour of the old town (Eski Midyat) from the very center – the clock roundabout.
Cevat Pasha Mosque.
Inside the Cevat Pasha Mosque.


The mosque was built in 1925 by Cevat Pasha – where it derived its name. It is located just outside the boundary Old Midyat at its southwestern edge. Midyat's typical stone masonry work was utilized in its construction giving it the traditional exquisite carvings on its façade.

The single minaret is made up of Midyat rock, and has cylindrical shape.   It has two balconies decorated with vegetables and geometric patterns.

The big mosque is situated right next to a park where the statue of Kemal Ataturk is standing, and the tourism office on the right, few steps from the clock roundabout.

Address:  Mardin Simak Yolu, Midyat


Nehrozler Camii

This is a small mosque located very near to Kasr-i-Nehroz Hotel right at the edge of the old town on the way to Mor Abraham and Mor Hobel Monastery.

Nothing fascinating about it but it’s ok to peek in.
The tall minaret of Nehrozler Mosque.


Address:  Işıklar Mh., Eski Midyat


Ulu Camii

The new part of the town of Midyat has a grand mosque (ulu camii) located the town center surrounded by local houses.
The Grand Mosque at Estel.

The stone arched entrance is elaborately carved with some form of plants and grapes and mostly geometric shapes.  On the top, it has an engraving that says 1130 Hicri, so I converted that to Gregorian calendar and it corresponds to 1717 – 1718.  That must be the year the ulu camii was built.  The mosque is in simple rectangular design.  It has one cylindrical minaret with one balcony and it’s a courtyard-type mosque.


Address:  Estel, Midyat

Mosque beside the bus terminal in Estel (New Midyat).




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