Late 19th–early 20th century
The building complex that is now the Midyat Çevre Kültür Evi is one of several of Midyat’s historical mansions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries (pre-WWI), built according to local architectural traditions. Located on a hill in the center of the town, the terraces of its upper stories provide broad views over Midyat and beyond.
Description & Iconography
The building’s exact date of construction is unknown, but it can be assumed that like the similar mansions in the area, it was constructed during the late Ottoman period (late 19th–early 20th century, pre-WWI). It originally functioned as the residence of a prosperous Midyat family. In 2000, the residence was purchased by the Midyat municipal government and is now open to the public. The complex hosts several ateliers and serves as a venue for cultural events and film sets. Several bedrooms have been restored with period furnishings.
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