The Church of Saint Elie

 

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St. Elie Church
St. Elie Church


The Church of Saint Elie. This is the church of the Greek Catholic or Melkite Byzantian community. Built in 1741 and restored in 1986, it adheres to the Sidon diocese.


The Alley of St. Elie Church
The Alley of St. Elie Church


Preceded by a porch made up of three archways, we are led through into a small courtyard.


The Alley of St. Elie Church
The Alley of St. Elie Church


The plan for this construction is again in simple basilical style and six imposing pillars take the weight of the ridged arches. With a length of thirty and width of ten meters, this church reaches about eight meters in height.

It is believed that the main altar was offered in 1790 by the Emir Bechir II Chehab to honor the four hundred Greek Catholic families who had fled Aleppo and taken refuge in DeirElQmar because the Sublime Port wished to prevent them setting themselves up independently considering that they had sided with the Greek Orthodox community who treated the Melkites as schismatics and therefore labeled them deserters of the faith.


The Altar of St. Elie Church
The Altar of St. Elie Church


The iconostasis as well as the frontal facade and the main entrance to the church are again all in the beautiful pink and white “bouzennar” stone.

Against one wall of the courtyard you will find the tomb of Nicolas the Turk, the “Emir’s poet”, as well as four plaques bearing his poems.


The Tomb of Nicolas El Turq
The Tomb of Nicolas El Turq

 

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