Mardin Museum, Artuklu, Mardin, Turkey 

Museum Building, Mardin Central Şar Mahallesi, 1 st Street There is a group of Syriac houses in the north of Cumhuriyet Square. The building, which was built by the Patriarch of Antakya Behnam Bani in 1895 as Syriac Catholic Patriarchate, was restored and opened in 1995 as a museum. The building, which served for a long period of religious purposes, was also used as military garrison, various political party centers, cooperative building, health center and police station. The Ministry of Culture, which bought the building from the Syriac Catholic Foundation, carried this building to the Mardin Museum from the Chain School.

Yellowish limestone double entry made from stone, three-storey museum, internal and external vaults, with stone decorations and unique collections of works in the arch and column headings is one of Turkey’s most important museums. There are cross vault, round barrel vault, pointed barrel vault and mirror cross vault samples as the cover system of the building.

First floor administrative sections, counseling, conference room, laboratory, dining hall; the ethnographic exhibition hall on the second floor, library and artifacts; on the third floor there are lounges and specialist rooms where archeological artifacts are exhibited.

Tablets, cylinder seals, ceramics, figurines and jewelery obtained from the excavations of Girnevaz Höyük are used for the ceramics, seals, ceramics, ceramics, figurines and jewelery belonging to the ancient Bronze, Assyrian, Urartu, Greek, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Artuklu and Ottoman periods of Northern Mesopotamia and Southeastern Anatolian cultures. lamps, coins and glass bottles are exhibited at the Archeology Hall.

Among the works exhibited in the Ethnography Hall are specimens of silver workmanship, local clothes, swords, coffee (mırra) sets, bath sets, rosaries, copper items, especially in Midyat District.

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