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Contents / Stories written on stone

The windows and doors of Mardin houses symbolize the multi-ethnicity that has characterized this city for centuries. A white dove flaps its wings. Tulips, hyacinths and carnations seem as if they would come alive if you touched them. Adorned with a thousand and one decorations, these windows and doors tell the story of a time and a city. Stone reigns supreme in this city, which has stood here for centuries between the blue sky and the boundless earth and, somehow, remains standing today. We are in Mardin, one of the world's most ancient cities, inhabited since 1800 B.C. The city takes its name from the Assyrian, 'Marde'. Borrowing the name from the Assyrians, the Romans called it 'Maride' while the Arabs said 'Maridin'. Ruled in turn by the Persians and by Alexander the Great and his successors in Antiquity, subsequently Mardin was in Roman, then Byzantine, hands for a long time until it fell to the Ottomans in the Battle of Chaldiran. Sun-worshippers, moon-worshippers, Jews, Assyrians, Catholics, Chaldeans, Yazidis, Hanefis... pagan beliefs were integrated here with the monotheistic religions which have co-existed in peace and harmony ever since.

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