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Mor Behnam (Kırklar Kilisesi) church is one of the most significant historical sites in the old part of Mardin. It is located the Şar Neighbourhood of the city centre where nowadays many Christians are still living. This church was constructed in 569 and consecrated in honor of Syriac Saint Behnam and his sister Saro.
The rectangular planned main building, situated to the east of a large courtyard, is divided with arches supported by twelve thick columns. With its 400 year old wooden gates, root-dyed curtains, and spacious courtyard including the bell tower house and stonework examples that resemble a lacework, it is very striking.
In 1170 the relics of 40 martyrs were brought to this church. At the present time it belonges to the Syriac Orthodox Church and is the Metropolitan Church of Mardin. The church regularly hosts services and it is open for visiting.