Mar Petyun is a 17 th century church , located in the old city, once used as the Patriarch of Chaldean Catholic Church refered as Church of the East and currently used by the Chaldenean community of ten families left in Diyarbakır.
Chaldeneans, among the first etnic Assyrians , accepted Christianity, and later entered into communion with the Catholic Church, are believed to be around 1,5 million in the world . The patriarchy currently is in Baghdad.
On the main road between Ulu Camii on the right handside, Hasan Pasa Hani on the left hand side start walking forward while checking the streets on the left hand side until you see Dort Ayaklı Minaret (the minaret on four columns) , then you walk towards the minaret, pass by and keep walking into the street towards left hand side. You will see the signs to the church. The church is in a Bazalt paved street with an iron gate , several phone numbers posted on the door, to reach the church keeper if it is closed. Through a small iron gate you set you foot in to a court yard where there is the few remainings of once a grand building waiting to be restored on one side. You have to walk through a bazalt corridor to reach the main gate of the church. The dim interior with stone floor and walls , a roof with slender trunks carried by arches, the dark wooden benches and a very plain altar receiving plenty of lite from windows around it, generates a warm and homely atmosphere.
The keeper gave us brief history, of the building which was built around 1600's and gone under many restorations. He also mentioned that the church has a small community of around ten families . The church has been chosen as one of the ten most beautiful churches of Turkey.
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