Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Karbala province embraces oldest Christian church in ME

Karbala/ Iraq TradeLink: In the mid of Karbala desert, 70 km south west of the province, there is site called "Al-Uqaisir" (Mini-Palace), which contained a complete city before many centuries.

The city embraced the church with all its drawings and crosses, as well as Aramaic writings on its walls.

The Church dated back to the fifth century A.D., before the Islamic era, that contained a group of graves, according to some studies.

The reports said that the depth of each grave was 1.25 meters with a length of 1.2 meters and width of 60 centimeters.

The church is surrounded by a wall made of mud with four towers. The wall has 15 entrances.
The length of the church was 16 meters with 4 meters in width, the reports said.

The excavations made in 1976 and 1977 proved the site of the church which was registered at the Chaldean Christians who used to come to visit it.

Christians in Iraq believe it is the oldest church in the Middle East, but was the victim of stealing operations in search for gold and other precious items.