Mar Mattai Monastery

Mar Mattai Monastery

Mar Mattai Monastery or Dayro d-Mor Mattai, also known as the Monastery of St. Matthew, is a monastery located on top of Mount Alfaf in Nineveh governorate in northern Iraq. It was founded in 363 AD by the hermit Mar Mattai who had fled persecution in Amid (modern Diyarbakir) under the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate. The monastery is considered to be one of the oldest Christian monasteries in existence and is famous for its magnificent library and considerable collection of Syriac Christian manuscripts.

Site Information

Country: Iraq

District: Nineveh Governorate

Category: Churches and Monasteries

Site History: 4th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Christian

Later Cultures: Christian

Site Features: Christian Monuments

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