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Dayr Tell Ada

Dayr Tell Ada stands on the southern slopes of Jebel Sheikh Barakat (the Mountain of the Old Man of Blessings) and plays a large role in the history of the Syrian Orthodox Church. It was mentioned by Theodoret and other chroniclers as the place where Simeon Stylites began his monastic career, before being expelled for the extreme feats of mortification that he insisted on undertaking. It was a 'dual house' for both Syriac and Greek speakers and had two abbots - one for each language - at the time of Theodoret.

It later became the home of St Jacob of Edessa, who died at Tell Ada in 708 having returned to pack up his fabled library when he moved home to Edessa.

Creator

Emma Loosley

Date of Visit

July 2001

Contributor

Emma Loosley

Rights

Metadata and all media released under Creative CommonsCreative Commons BY-NC-SA unless otherwise indicated

Type

Architecture

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Collection

The Limestone Massif of North-Western Syria

Citation

Emma Loosley, “Dayr Tell Ada,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed October 19, 2021, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/140.

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