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Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian

Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi (Syriac: ܕܝܪܐ ܪܡܪܝ ܡܘܫܐ ܟܘܫܝܐdeiro d-mor mūše kūšoyo; Arabic: دير مار موسى الحبشي‎, ALA-LC: dayr mār Mūsá al-Ḥabashī), literally the Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian, is a monastic community of the Syriac Catholic Church located near the town of Nabk, approximately 80 km (50 mi) north of Damascus, on the eastern slopes of the Anti-Lebanon. The main church of the monastic compound hosts precious frescoes dating to the 11th and 12th century.

Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian
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Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian is located in Syria
Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian
Location within Syria
Monastery information
Other namesDeir Mar Musa al-Habashi
Established6th century
Dedicated toSaint Moses the Abyssinian
DioceseSyriac Catholic Church
LocationNabk, Syria
Coordinates34°1′18″N 36°50′32″E / 34.02167°N 36.84222°E / 34.02167; 36.84222Coordinates: 34°1′18″N 36°50′32″E / 34.02167°N 36.84222°E / 34.02167; 36.84222
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Fresco depicting Saint Bacchus at the monastery.

An ancient building, stone circles, lines and tombs were recently discovered near the monastery in 2009 by archaeologist Robert Mason of the Royal Ontario Museum. Mason suggested that the ruins may date back 10,000 years and were likely constructed in Neolithic period (such as the Heavy Neolithic Qaraoun culture of the Anti-Lebanon). Further excavation and research, into this discovery, has been halted due to the threat of violence caused by the Syrian civil war.[1]

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  1. ^ Rob Waugh (2012-06-26). "'Syria's stonehenge': Mysterious ruins in desert could be as much as 10,000 years old - but scientists don't dare to go near | Mail Online". Retrieved 2012-11-28.

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