15 December 2010

Abu Dhabi Archeological Site Offers Rare Glimpse of Christian Past

Abu Dhabi Archeological Site Offers Rare Glimpse of Christian Past, by Benjamin Peim (The Media Line, 13 December 2010)

Excerpts:
The remains of a monastery and church opened this week to the public in Abu Dhabi, offering tourists and locals a rare glimpse into the Islamic emirate’s often-forgotten Christian past.

The site contains the remains of a an Eastern Syrian church and monastery that was erected around the year 600, and was in use for about 150 years, Peter Hellyer, the project director for the Sir Bani Yas Monastery Project, told The Media Line. Located on Sir Bani Yas, a small deserted island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, the site shows the first physical evidence of a Christian presence in the southern gulf.
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