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Mor Gabriel, Turkey
Mor Gabriel Monastery is the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world. It is located on the Tur Abdin plateau near Midyat in the Mardin Province in southeastern Turkey. The monastery was founded in 397 by the ascetic Mor Shmu'el (Samuel) and his student Mor Shem'un (Simon). The monastery is an important center for the Syrian Christians of Tur Abdin and is currently the seat of the metropolitan bishop of Tur Abdin. In its history the monastery has produced many high-ranking clerics and scholars, among them four patriarchs and 84 bishops.

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