History & Info

June 15, 2011

The Bethany Saphsaphas

The 7th century writer John Moschus narrates the story of one monk’s personal experience in the monastic caves (Laura) of the area. On his pilgrimage to […]
June 15, 2011

Prayer Hall

This presumed Prayer Hall is one of the earliest worship facilities at the site, perhaps dating from before the 4th century AD. A rectangular structure built […]
June 15, 2011

Western Church

The Western Church consisted of two parts. In the first part, a semi-circular apse was cut into the natural rock under the northwestern pool. The apse […]
June 13, 2011

Anno Domini

2nd Century In the 2nd Christian century, Melton who was the Archbishop of Serdees, said, “I traveled to the Orient. I saw the places mentioned in […]