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Translated by: Aziz Emmanuel Zebari



The town of Batnaya lies 14 km to the north of Nineveh (Mosul) and 3 km to the north of the District of Telkef where it belongs administratively. It is bordered to the north by Telleskef and Baqufa, to the south by the District of Telkef, to the east by the Monastery of Mar Oraha, and to the west by the village of Kavrook. 

The Name:

Batnaya is an Aramaic word ( Beth Tannana), i.e., mud house – the house of perseverance – the house of zeal and charity. In other words it means the house of jealousy and contesters, for its inhabitants are known for their vitality and enthusiasm for work. Its name in Syriac is (Najar). There have been attempts at other explanations. 

Churches and Monasteries

There is a church in Batnaya by the name of Mar Quryaqus, the patron of the town. It is a big church in the middle of the town on a high area. It was renovated in 1944. The second church is the small church of Varigin Mary. Besides, there is  the Monastery of St. Joseph which looks like a big house. It is inhabited by the Order of the Dominican Sisters. It also contains rooms and halls for catechism and a kindergarten. It is run by the religious and teachers of catechism. It is noteworthy that the sub-diocese of Mar Quryaqus belongs to the Chaldean Diocese of Elqosh.   

There is a shrine in the town called Mart Shmooni which lies in the middle of the towns cemetery. It is visited by people on memorial occasions for prayer, religious canticles on such revered occasions for the villagers.

The monastery of Mar Oraha

The monastery is about 1km away to the east of the village. People from the town and the surrounding areas visit it every year on the second Sunday after Easter. The occasion coincides with the Spring Festivals. More than 25 houses have recently been built in the monastery where a number of the village people live to help maintain and revive the monastery.    

Old Batnaya

It was used to be called Beth Madai, where it is believed there was a group from Madai, the followers of the religious Abraham who settled there in about the seventh century AD. It dates back to the seventh century (approximately 621AD) wherein it was called the (village of Media). It is believed that Christianity reached the village at that time.


Names of some notable clans in Batnaya:  

The following are the names of some notable clans: Saumo, Patty, Moshe, Hanna Titi, Khamme, Saka, Setto, Qasha, Kena, Dekhy, Isho, Hankala, Shoka..etc. 


The population of the village in 1767 was 900 people. And According to the 1997 census it reached 3331. Recently, the population has doubled due the forced displacement of our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Christian families from other governorates in the middle and south of Iraq.

Achievements of Mr. Sarkis Aghajan in Batnaya

·         Construction

1.     Building 25 model houses near the Monastery of Mar Oraha,

2.     Building of a big hall for public occasions and celebrations,

3.     Construction of eight culverts of (60X100cm) on the Wadis surrounding the village to make water ways and to be used by farmers during planting and harvest.

4.     Pavement of a 2km long access road to the village and monastery

·        Renovation

1.     Renovation of the old church of Mar Quryaqus in the village and lining it with brick,

2.     Renovation of almost all the access roads in the village along with sub-basing and rolling them out.

3.     Provision of Kerosene heaters to the three primary, intermediate and secondary schools of the village. The broken glass of the windows was also replaced.  

·        Services:

1.     Provision of municipal services to the village and monastery through the supply of two tractors and a dumper to collect garbage as well as employment of labourers to clean the access roads in the village.

2.     Provision of a high pressure water distribution system of more than 3km to the quarters that had no access to water.

3.     Renting a house to be used as the headquarters of the Women’s Union in the town and supplying it with the required furniture and equipment such as computers, hairdressing equipment and sewing machines.

·        Installation of Power Supply Units

1.     Installation of (4X400kv) new power supply units in the village to boost power supply. Besides, more than (80) high and low tension electric poles were installed using 70-50mm wires. More than 1600m. long wire was used. In addition to replacing the old wires. the village was also illuminated using lamb stands all over the village, its entries and aisle while broken down lamps were replaced by new ones.

2.     Purchase of a (100kv) power supply generator for the church of Mar Auriaqus.

3.     Purchase of a mini-bus for Mar Quriaqus church services.  



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