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Midyat (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Midyat, current and former version - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 3 October 2017, and Jens Pattke, 16 February 2013, respectively


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Presentation of Midyat

The municipality of Midyat (105,542 inhabitants in 2012, 60,256 in the town proper; 10,543 ha) is located east of Mardin.

Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016


Flag of Midyat

The flag of Midyat (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality": "Kuruluŝ", means "Foundation". The former flag of Midyat used the same emblem, framed in a blue rectangle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality": "Kuruluŝ", means "Foundation".
The emblem of the municipality features a mosque, a peacock and a church, representing Muslims, Yezidis and Syriac Orthodox Christians, respectively (photos, photos).

The played-up idea of multiculturalism, unfortunately belongs to the past. All the Yezidis, followers of the Peacock Angel (Tawsi Melek, the most important of the seven Great Angels, considered by the Yezidis of emanations of the Supreme God; presentation), left a long time ago.
Thirty years ago the residents included around 5000 Christians, mainly adherents of the Syriac Orthodox faith (Assyrians), an offshoot of Orthodox Christianity which split from the mainstream in the 6th century. Since then migration to work in northern Europe, combined with the troubles in the south-east, has forced numbers down until there are only about 20 original families still living in the old Christian quarter.
[Today's Zaman, 20 January 2012]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 3 October 2017