Mar Gorgis church (St. Goerge)

Explore Mar Gorgis church (St. Goerge)

Mar Gorgis Church, (St. George), holds the distinction of being the oldest church in Alqosh, and is located in the heart of the old town. The church underwent a restoration in 1681, only to face complete demolition and following reconstruction in 1906.
Upon entering through the gate, visitors are greeted by a spacious inner courtyard. At the far end of this courtyard stands the altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Flanking the altar on either side are the final resting places of priests and servants associated with Mar Gorgis Church. These tombs, rich in history, bear inscriptions in various languages such as Syriac, Arabic, and even French—a testament to the influence of French missionaries who left their mark on Alqosh in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The entrance to Mar Gorgis Church is situated on the left side of the courtyard, offering a path to the main sanctuary. On the right side of the courtyard, a second church awaits exploration, providing visitors with a unique and enriching experience.
Legend has it that before the final reconstruction, whispers circulated that the “remains of Saint George, martyr” were housed above the main altar. This intriguing rumor adds a layer of mystique to the church, sparking curiosity about the history and relics associated with the revered Saint George.
As you navigate the sacred space of Mar Gorgis Church and its surroundings, the convergence of history, faith, and folklore creates a captivating atmosphere, inviting visitors to reflect on the profound cultural and spiritual significance embedded in this old place of worship, which is active to this day.

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