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Maaloula Church of Mar Sarkis

These pictures show the late antique church of Mar Sarkis (St. Sergius) which is sometimes ascribed an early C4th, possibly pre-Constantinian, foundation date due to the exceptionally rare survival of a horseshoe-shaped altar table. This shape is usually associated with pagan altars and in this case is believed to have been made for a Christian place of worship due to the lack of drainage channels for blood sacrifices. The church also housed a large collection of icons, including an 1813 image of SS. Sergius and Bacchus by Michael of Crete. The fate of these icons is currently unclear after an attack on the church by jihadists in the course of the Syrian civil war.

Creator

Emma Loosley

Date of Visit

December 1992

Contributor

Cherryl & Richmond Hunt

Rights

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

Type

Architecture

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Collection

The Qalamoun

Item Type

Architecture

Citation

Emma Loosley, “Maaloula Church of Mar Sarkis,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed June 15, 2024, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/711.

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