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Dayr al Hayek

Dayr al Hayek means "the monastery of the weaver" and is a cave south of Deir Mar Musa. The archaeological evidence found in the cave suggests that it was inhabited by a hermit in the early phase of the monastery when it was a lava. This means that the monks lived in cells/caves around the central monastic buildings and came together only for communal prayer at specific times. The cave was named due to the fact that a loom was discovered there. A new building now envelops the cave as an annexe to the main monastery of Deir Mar Musa.


Emma Loosley

Date of Visit

1st to 1st January 1970


Emma Loosley
Charles Chemaly
William Chappell


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The photographs of the 2001-2003 survey and excavation seasons have been lodged with the Archaeological Data Service and are reproduced here with their permission. For those who would like more specialised information such as context and intervention numbers or direction of shot please refer to:




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Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi


Emma Loosley, “Dayr al Hayek,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed June 20, 2024,

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