Dayr Yakub is a C5th monastery on the edge of the suburbs to the south of Urfa. The monastery is built on the top of a hill above an ancient quarry and clearly appropriated the site of a former pagan sanctuary. The earlier cult complex was also used as a necropolis as well as a place of sacrifice as a Palmyrene-style tomb tower, complete with a Syriac inscription, was incorporated into the later monastery buildings.
Date of Visit
18th November 2012
Emma Loosley and Peter Leeming
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Emma Loosley, “Dayr Yakub,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed July 1, 2022, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/132.