دير قنوبين

Deir Qannubin - Our Lady Of Quannoubine Monastry


Useful Information

Location:
Open: All year daily.
[2020]
Fee: free, donations welcome.
[2020]
Classification: SubterraneaCave Church
Light: electric
Dimension:
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility:
Bibliography:
Address: Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery, Greek Orthodox church, Balamand, Tel: +961-6-930-311.
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History

375 monastery founded.
1998 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Description

Our Lady of Qannoubine is the oldest monastery in the Middle East. According to legend it was founded by Emperor Theodosius the Great in 375 AD. It is the oldest of the Maronite monasteries but it was most likely established by a disciple of St Theodosius the Cenobite. Most of the monastery is cut into the rocky cliff side, the monastic cells, the church, the cloister, and the accommodation for travelers..