Saint Ahoadamah Church, Tikrit

The Church of Saint Ahudemmeh, also known as the Green Church, was a Syriac Orthodox church in Tikrit, Iraq. The church was destroyed by Islamic State militants on 25 September 2014.[1]

Church of Saint Ahudemmeh
الكنيسة الخضراء احدى اقدم الكنائس السريانية في العالم تقع وسط مدينة تكريت تم تفجيرها يوم الخميس 25-9-2014.jpg
Green Church in Tikrit
AffiliationSyriac Orthodox
LocationTikrit, Iraq
Completed700 AD


The church was constructed by Denha II, Maphrian of the East, in 700 AD, and was dedicated to Saint Ahudemmeh.[2] Denha II and his successors John II, Daniel, Thomas I, and Baselios III, were buried in the church.[2] Dinkha of Tikrit debated theology and philosophy with Al-Masudi at the church in 925.[3]

In 1089, the church was looted and destroyed by the governor of Tikrit,[4] but was restored in 1112.[5] Christians took refuge in the church during the Mongol invasion of Iraq in 1258, where they were slaughtered and few escaped.[2]

The church was excavated by the Iraqi Archaeological Service in the 1990s,[5] and several coffins were discovered, including that of Anaseous, Bishop of Tikrit.[2] In 2000, Saddam Hussein had the church restored due to its dilapidated condition.[6] On 25 September 2014, the church was destroyed by Islamic State militants with improvised explosive devices.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mamoun, Abdelhak (25 September 2014). "URGENT: ISIS destroys 7th Century Church in Tikrit, Iraq". Iraqi News. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Islamists Destroy 7th Century Church, Mosque in Tikrit, Iraq". AINA News. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  3. ^ Rassam (2005), p. 85
  4. ^ Rassam (2005), p. 68
  5. ^ a b Hunter, Erica C. D. (June–July 2015). "Obliterating Iraq's Christian heritage" (PDF). The Middle East in London. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ Considine, Craig (13 October 2015). "Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is Like Celebrating ISIS". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 June 2018.