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Photos: Report on Damage Affecting Historical Buildings in Maaloula
30/04/2014 - عدد القراءات : 2146

A team from the Department of Antiquities of Damascus Rural visited Maaloula town to examine the damage befalling the historical buildings. The report of the team identified the damage as follows:

- The old town: the houses and alleys of the old town were completely destroyed. In addition, the roofs and walls of the houses which were built using traditional materials (rocks, clay and wood), and which sometimes consisted of three stories, collapsed. The traditional contents of these houses were subject to damage, as well.


- Cemeteries and caves: a large number of historical caves and cemeteries in the town were subject to damage, destruction, smashing, digging and breaking down doors (in search of treasures) and were converted to fortified barricades. The most damaged caves are those located within the vicinity of the Monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus and those near Safir Hotel.


- Monastery of St. Thecla (Mar Takla): the main shrine containing the tomb of St. Thecla was completely burned down with little or no information on the destiny of the sacred contents therein, including a large number of significant icons. Furthermore, the main entrance to the Monastery, as well as the adjacent corridor, was subject to destruction and burning. Fire was set in the Church of John the Baptist located inside the Monastery of St. Thecla after most of its contents were stolen; the altar, crosses, icons and frescos were destroyed and takfiri phrases were written on its walls. In addition, several wall icons were obliterated by paint.


 - Monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus: the building dates back to the early fourth century AD. Parts of the western and eastern walls of the Monastery were subject to severe damage and destruction as several mortar shells hit them. In addition, the big dome of the building was subject to destruction as a result of mortar shells falling on different sides. The crosses of the big dome and the dome of the bell were removed, as well. Internally, the main marble altar as well as the wooden cross were destroyed. Digs spread under the altar in search of treasures; all the movable artifacts and sacred holdings, some of which are Maaloula's most important icons, were stolen from the Monastery.

The Monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus before destruction


 
 
 
 
 
 

- Church of St. Leontius: the southern wall of the building together with the ceiling and the dome suffered damage down to the shelling targeting the church. Internally, the marble room of the Holy Sacrament was destroyed, and the sacred holdings were stolen, including the historical bell of the church, whose sound is considered the most beautiful after that of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The crosses on the domes of the church were removed. In addition, a part of the unique icons were stolen, and the rest were burnt down. The wooden seats in the church were assembled in the middle of the building and were burnt, which resulted in the burning of all of the contents, including the wooden ceiling. Moreover, the tomb inside the church was dug, and its contents were emptied in search of treasures.


- Saints Cosmas and Damian's Shrine: the building was subject to destruction as a result of mortar shells. Furthermore, the altar was destroyed, and the valuable icons were stolen. The wooden iconostasis was destroyed, as well. .

- St. Barbara's Shrine: the dome was subject to severe damage. The contents of the church were burnt after the valuable holdings, including the icons, were stolen. .


- There are some churches and shrines in the old town, which have modern buildings. However, they contain old holdings that were stolen and destroyed. Some of those churches are: St. Saba's Shrine, St. Thomas' Shrine and Holy Cherubim Shrine.


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