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The National Division of the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums of Aleppo located the Syriac Monastery of Qenshrin on the left bank of the Euphrates river opposite the city of Jarablos.

Mr. Nadeem Fakash, the director of museums in Aleppo mentioned that the excavations, which lasted for two months, revealed that the monastery consists of two parts. A rectangular hall 16.5 meters long and 4 meters wide. It has a door 145cm high connecting it with the second part of the building. They also found large parts of 2 smaller halls.

Excavator Mr. Fakhro added that inside the monastery a number of inscriptions and decorated stones were found, including some inscriptions in and undated Arabic, as well as, pillar’s crowns decorated with the Lotus flower. In addition crosses and other botanical leaves.

Mr. Fakhor also explained that the monastery is situated on the western slope of a rocky hill, which extends alongside the eastern bank of the river.

It is worth mentioning that the Qenshrin Monastery was considered on of the largest and the most important monasteries of Syriac Orthodox Church. Yacout Al-Hamouy mentions in his book “the Lexicon of the countries” that this monastery had 350 monks.

From the daily Al-Jamahir , issue 12263 year 41 published on Monday January 22, 2006 in Aleppo , Syria.

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