House of Saint Ananias

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House of Saint Ananias
Chapel of Saint Ananias 01.jpg
Inside the Chapel of Saint Ananias
Basic information
Location Damascus, Syria
Affiliation Syriac Maronite Church
District Maronite Catholic Archeparchy of Damascus
Country Syria
Architectural type Church

The House of Saint Ananias (also called Chapel of Saint Ananias) (Arabic: كنيسة القديس حنانيا‎) is an ancient underground structure in Damascus, Syria, that is alleged to be the remains of the home of Ananias of Damascus, where Ananias baptized Saul (who became Paul the Apostle).[1] Archaeological excavations in 1921 found the remains of a Byzantine church from the 5th or 6th century CE, adding physical evidence to support local tradition that the chapel has an early-Christian origin.[2] The building is at the end of the Street Called Straight near the Bab Sharqi (Eastern Gate). As of 2010, the structure was still in use as a church.[3]


  1. ^ Saint Ananias Chapel Archived 2008-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Rainer Riesner (1998). Paul's Early Period: Chronology, Mission Strategy, Theology. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. pp. 86–87. 
  3. ^ - Christian Sites in Damascus - Habeeb Salloum

Coordinates: 33°30′41″N 36°19′3″E / 33.51139°N 36.31750°E / 33.51139; 36.31750