Klosteret Mar Gabriel i Tyrkia skal vera det eldste klosteret som er i bruk i dag. Den eldste delen blei bygd i 397. Klosteret lever under konstant press for å overleva.
Nå er klosteret nyleg omtalt i Catholic Culture:
Ancient monastery in Turkey faces destruction in anti-Christian lawsuit
The world’s oldest functioning Christian monastery faces a clouded future, after an appeals court in Turkey ruled that the building sits on land not owned by the monks.
The Mor Gabriel monastery, built near the Syrian border, was established in 397 by Syriac Orthodox monks, and has been in continuous use since that time, welcoming up to 20,000 pilgrims each year.
But neighboring villagers brought suit against the monks, charging that they were engaged in “anti-Turkish activities” since they educate young men in the Aramaic language and in the Christian faith. The villagers also claimed ownership of the land on which the monastery was constructed. The court sided with the villagers on that claim.
Sjå tidlegare notat om klosteret her:
- Mar Gabriel (2009) som siterer frå Dalrymples fine skildring av klosteret
- Nytt om Mar Gabriel (2011)