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"Seidnaya" Damascus Off The Beaten Path Tip by siaki68

Damascus Off The Beaten Path: 47 reviews and 84 photos

by siaki68

In this small town stands the beautiful Greek Orthodox Convent of Our Lady, founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in the 6th century. According to the legend, the emperor was chasing a deer up to Seidnaya’s hill while he had a vision; the deer changed into the Virgin Mary, who asked him to build a monastery at this place. The monastery possesses a – purported miraculous- icon of the Virgin Mary, painted by St. Luke. The icon is kept in a small dark room to the right of the chapel. The convent is a real proof of the peaceful and harmonic co-existence of religions in Syria; it is a pilgrimage place for both Christians and Muslims, and hundreds of them from all over the Middle East attend the feast of Our Lady of Seidnaya on the 8th of September each year. To visit Seidnaya you can take the microbus from the Maalula garage. The nuns are very kind and hospitable and the visitor can spent the night at the convent for a small donation.

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  • Written Apr 28, 2006
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