Mor Efrem Monastary belonging to the Syriac Catholic congregation, was constructed during the time of the Syriac Patriarch of Antakya Cercis Şelhet. According to its inscriptions, it was canonized in 1884 by Bishop Mor Yakup Matay Ahmardakno. Its inscriptions bearing religious verses in Arabic and in the Syriac language draw much attention.
The building was constructed in 1895 by the Patriarch of Antakya, Behnam Bani as the Syriac Catholic Partiarchate. It underwent restoration in 1995 and was open to the public as a museum. After serving as a religious center for a very long time, the building was later used for many other purposes, including military garrison, headquarters of various polical parties, cooperative building, healthcare center and police precinct. Purchasing the building from the Syriac Catholic Foundation, the Culture Ministry transported Mardin Museum to this edifice by vacating its earlier venue of Zinciriye Theological School.
The church was built in 1860 by the Syriac Catholic Patriarch Antuan Semheri and conforms with the style of an east-west synthesis. It rises on 21 columns, and there are vaults, and round stone columns in the interior, and balustrades in the courtyard. The Patriarch’s pulpit, from where he conducted the sermon is adorned with exquisite woodcarving motifs of bunch of grapes. The “Varnadrun, Baharan” choir balcony of the church has perfect acoustic properties.
Iskender Atamyan Mansion, used during World War I as German Headquarters, by reason of Germany’s being an ally of the Ottoman Empire, dates back to the 19th Century and is compatible in structure with Mardin mansions. There are many original photographs of the mansion and elements that render it significant are the fact that in 1917, it was a building that had been used by the Germans during World War I as headquarters and that it had also been used by Mustafa Kemal Pasha as garrison, dwelling and headquarters.
Yıldız Hamam/Bath that recently ceased to serve its designated purpose, is situated within the Sokul Bakar (İnekler Çarşısı) (Cattle Shopping Center) on the lower end of 1st Street.
The mansion on the upper part of the Revaklı Çarşı,(Arcaded Shopping Center) also known as Sipahiler/Tellallar Çarşısı (Cavalrymen or Criers’ Shopping Center) is operated as a coffee house for carpenters.
Revaklı Çarşı, (Arcaded Shopping Center), also known as the Cavalrymen and Criers” Shopping Center, dates back to the 17th Century, but the exact date of its construction is unkown. It is situated on either side of the street to the west of Reyhaniye Mosque. Since its inscriptions have failed to reach our day, there is no information on who had commissioned its construction. It takes its name from the arcades that surround it.
The artist (1992, Mardin / Kızıltepe) graduated from Diyarbakır Fine Arts High School (2011). In 2015, he graduated from Afyon Kocatepe University Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department. He continues to his master’s degree at Mardin Artuklu University Fine Arts Faculty.