Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery

Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery, Saydnaya

Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery

Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery
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THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
By THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
...we were amazed that the entire monastery was deserted and we did not see one person!
Feb 2020
The Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery is located on the top of Mount Qalamoun at an elevation of 2,000 meters and above the famous city of Saidnaya. When we were there in 2011 it was a very active and vibrant Monastery with many monks and visitors. We were there several weeks ago and we were amazed that the entire monastery was deserted and we did not see one person! Yet the famous lower chapel which was carved into the hillside had its’ door open! It did not appear that nothing was disturbed inside this very old chapel. It also appeared that is was being used as there was no dust or destruction. It was a very strange and bizarre feeling as the entire monastery was abandoned and uninhabited. When we were last there in 2011 there was no statue. The monks showed me an artist rendition of their planned statue and they told me that they had planned to have a very large statue erected on the hillside. Well this statue was completed in October 2013 and is called: the Statue of Jesus of Saidnaya. It has a title of: "I Have Come to Save the World" and at 32 meters in height it is the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the Middle East! I believe its completion coincided with a religious holiday for Orthodox Christians who celebrate the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Virgin Mary on that day. Even though the monastery appears to be empty and vacant it is still worth the 8 kilometer drive up to the top of the mountain as the drive affords great views of the city below and of the beautiful Syrian countryside!

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THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
Damascus, Syria3,071 contributions
...we were amazed that the entire monastery was deserted and we did not see one person!
Feb 2020
The Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery is located on the top of Mount Qalamoun at an elevation of 2,000 meters and above the famous city of Saidnaya. When we were there in 2011 it was a very active and vibrant Monastery with many monks and visitors.
We were there several weeks ago and we were amazed that the entire monastery was deserted and we did not see one person! Yet the famous lower chapel which was carved into the hillside had its’ door open! It did not appear that nothing was disturbed inside this very old chapel. It also appeared that is was being used as there was no dust or destruction. It was a very strange and bizarre feeling as the entire monastery was abandoned and uninhabited.
When we were last there in 2011 there was no statue. The monks showed me an artist rendition of their planned statue and they told me that they had planned to have a very large statue erected on the hillside.
Well this statue was completed in October 2013 and is called: the Statue of Jesus of Saidnaya. It has a title of: "I Have Come to Save the World" and at 32 meters in height it is the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the Middle East! I believe its completion coincided with a religious holiday for Orthodox Christians who celebrate the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Virgin Mary on that day.
Even though the monastery appears to be empty and vacant it is still worth the 8 kilometer drive up to the top of the mountain as the drive affords great views of the city below and of the beautiful Syrian countryside!
Written February 22, 2020
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Yucef-G-Badr
Beirut, Lebanon272 contributions
Breathtaking view...
Oct 2017 • Friends
Located on a high hill in saydnaya, this site contains an old christian orthodox church, a monastery and a big statue of the Christ... the view of the surounding mountains is breathtaking.
Written October 8, 2017
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George Marrash
London, UK82 contributions
Spirtual place
Jul 2016
This place is one of my favorite places in the world !!
It is sp spirtual, calm and peaceful
Many miracles happened in this place, you can read about them inside
Written June 10, 2017
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THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
Damascus, Syria3,071 contributions
A Monastery Not to Be Missed When in Syria!!
Nov 2011 • Couples
There are many noted and must see Monasteries in Syria Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery ranks on top of my list!!

You drive up a very good road, some 8 kms, of breathtaking views to reach the summit and the entrance to the Monastery. The parking lot is a short walk up to the main attractions.

You can start your tour at the very old church down a few steps. This small church is very well preserved and a delight to view. Our experience was very touching as one of the brothers was praying and this in itself made our tour very rewarding,

Then you go back up to the main monastery area and first we suggest you walk up to the new platform which was built to support a 28 meter stature coming from Armenia. This should be in place within the next 6 to 8 months, Inshalla.

Around the "grounds" of the Monastery you can view all the old, 3rd Century caves, which were the original monastery caves!! This was very, very nice as it gives you a true feeling on how isolated and primitive the life must have been back then.

There are several major newer building composing the Cherubim Monastery. The main building houses the rooms for the 30+ brothers and a must see the reception room. This is where we met Brother Nicolas, the Reception Brother, who spoke to us in perfect English. He gave us a personal tour of the old Museum Room, which housed old relics from times gone by at the Monastery; bones; old photo's plus many clay antiques and the other unique areas of the Monastery.

In the Spring, Summer and Fall you can rent a room within the Monastery. Note you must bring your own food as the only food outlet is a very small cafe'. That menu is very, very limited!!

Driving back down the drive there are numerous hillside restaurants along the roadway. Note these are only operating during the warmer months and usually on the weekends.
Written December 13, 2011
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