St Simeon monastery

The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites is a historical building located about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Aleppo, Syria. It is the oldest surviving Byzantine church, dating back to the 5th century. Built on the site of the pillar of St. Simeon Stylites, a famed hermit monk, the church is popularly known as either Qalaat Semaan, the ‘Fortress of Simeon’, or Deir Semaan, the ‘Monastery of Simeon’.

As of June 2011, the Church and surrounding village was designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of the “Ancient Villages of Northern Syria”, a World Heritage Site – Wikipedia

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