Church of Saint George, Lod
|Church of Saint George|
Rooftop view, Lydda c. 1920
The Church of Saint George (Arabic: كنيسة القديس جيورجوس or كنيسة مار جريس Hebrew: כנסיית גאורגיוס הקדוש קוטל הדרקון) is the major shrine for the fourth-century Christian martyr Saint George (الخضر Al-Khidr in Arabic) and is located in Lod, Israel. The current church, built in 1870, shares space with the El-Khidr Mosque.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem received permission from the Ottoman authorities to build a church on the site of a previous basilica. The church is built over an earlier 15th century AD structure, and occupies the north end of the nave and left-hand aisle of the earlier church, from which there survive two apses - which, contrary to the normal rule, face north rather than east.
The Ottoman authorities stipulated, that part of the plot be made available for a mosque. Consequently, the current Church of St. George incorporates only the northeast corner of the Byzantine basilica. The prayer hall of the adjacent mosque contains a column that once stood in the nave of the basilica. The church contains the sarcophagus of St George.
- Saint George: Devotions, traditions and prayers
- St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem, an Anglican church in Jerusalem, dedicated to the same saint.
- Monastery of Saint George, al-Khader, a Greek Orthodox monastery in the Palestinian town of Khader near Bethlehem.
- "Excursions in Terra Santa". Franciscan Cyberspot. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
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