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A Sacred Space for a Holy Icon: The Shrine of Our Lady of Saydnaya

Bacci, Michele

In: Hierotopy. Studies in the Making of Sacred Spaces. Material from the International Symposium, 2004, p. 132-134

The monastery of Our Lady of Saydnaya, located 22 km east of Damascus, still proves to be one of the most important cult-centres of present-day Syria; although it is inhabited and controlled by Christian (i.e. Greek Orthodox) nuns, its church, housing a very famous icon of the Virgin Mary, is daily visited also by a great many Muslim worshippers. Its renown dates back to the late 12th century,...