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Visits of Cardinal Musa Daoud to Dayr Mar Elian

Cardinal Musa Daoud was formerly Syrian Catholic Metropolitan of Homs before being elevated to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate in 1998. However he swiftly resigned the Patriarchate after being named Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in November 2000, a post that he held until 2007. As a native of Meskaneh in Homs province, the Cardinal had a special devotion to the shrine of Mar Elian and visited it annually to celebrate a mass at the site. Here two such visits in 2001 and 2003 represented in these photographs.


Emma Loosley

Date of Visit

27th July 2001
11th August 2003


Daniel Hull
Mukhles Atallah


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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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The Dayr Mar Elian Archaeological Project (DMEAP)


Emma Loosley, “Visits of Cardinal Musa Daoud to Dayr Mar Elian,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed July 19, 2024,

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