Church of Saint Simeon Stylites

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Church of Saint Simeon Stylites
كنيسة مار سمعان العمودي
‏قلعة سمعان
Church of Saint Simeon Stylites 17.jpg
Overview of the complex
Basic information
Location Mount Simeon, Aleppo Governorate, Syria
Geographic coordinates 36°20′03″N 36°50′38″E / 36.33417°N 36.84389°E / 36.33417; 36.84389Coordinates: 36°20′03″N 36°50′38″E / 36.33417°N 36.84389°E / 36.33417; 36.84389
Affiliation Christianity
Year consecrated 475 AD
Status in ruins
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Byzantine architecture
The remains of the pillar of Saint Simeon Stylites

The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites (Arabic: كنيسة مار سمعان العموديKanīsat Mār Simʿān al-ʿAmūdī) is a historical building located about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Aleppo, Syria. It is the oldest surviving Byzantine church, dating back to the 5th century. Built on the site of the pillar of St. Simeon Stylites, a famed hermit monk, the church is popularly known as either Qalaat Semaan (Arabic: ‏قلعة سمعانQalʿat Simʿān), the 'Fortress of Simeon', or Deir Semaan (Arabic: ‏دير سمعانDayr Simʿān), the 'Monastery of Simeon' .

As of June 2011, the Church and surrounding village was designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of the "Ancient Villages of Northern Syria", a World Heritage Site.[1]

The Church's location, deep within opposition controlled territory in the Syria Civil War, puts it at risk from extremist Islamist groups who are opposed to reverence for and existence of shrines and holy sites, both Muslim and Christian.

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Media related to Church of Saint Simeon Stylites at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ancient Villages of Northern Syria". UNESCO. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 

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External links[edit]

  • Gatier, P., T. Sinclair, M. Ballance, R. Warner, R. Talbert, T. Elliott, S. Gillies. "Places: 658606 (Symeon, Mon.)". Pleiades. Retrieved March 8, 2012.