St. Mary Church of the Holy Belt

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Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt
Basic information
Location Homs, Syria
Geographic coordinates 34°43′45″N 36°43′12″E / 34.7293°N 36.7200°E / 34.7293; 36.7200Coordinates: 34°43′45″N 36°43′12″E / 34.7293°N 36.7200°E / 34.7293; 36.7200
Affiliation Syriac Orthodox
Year consecrated 50 AD
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Specifications

Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt (Arabic: كنيسة أم الزنار‎; Um az-Zinnar) is a historical Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs, Syria. The church is built over an underground church dating back to 50 AD. It is the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archbishopric. The church contains a venerated relic that is supposed to be a section of the belt of Mary mother of Jesus.[1] This is the Syriac church's equivalent of the Cincture of the Theotokos of the Greek Orthodox Church, now in Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos, and the Catholic Girdle of Thomas in Prato Cathedral in Italy. All are related to the same legend of the Virgin Mary giving the Apostle Thomas her belt as proof of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Assumption of Mary for the Catholic Church).

The church was used as a shield by the opposition armed groups during the 2011-2012 Syrian unrest, and was damaged during confrontations between the armed opposition and the security forces.[2]

Later confrontations caused extensive damage to the exterior of the church.[3]

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  1. ^ "Biographie de Sainta Marie". Syrian Orthodox Archbishopric of Homs and Hama. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Gallagher, Tom (29 March 2012). "Christians in Syria struggle amid violent clashes". Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "كاتدرائية "أم الزنار" في حمص تتعرض لدمار جزئي". Linga.org. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.