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This lonely monastery hidden between the tops of the Anti-Lebanon was revitalized only in 1984 by the Italian Jesuit priest Paolo dell’Oglio, after being abandoned in the nineteenth century. The monastery is named after St. Moses of Abyssinia, son of an Ethiopian king who abandoned his kingdom to gain the kingdom of God.

The monastery was originally erected in 1058. The church added to the monastery boasts beautiful frescoes dating from the eleventh century. Among them, on the west façade a lively picture of the Last Judgement: Jesus Christ gives Peter the key to the kingdom of heaven, Jesus crucified with symbols for faithful devotion, the Ten Apostles as judges, Adam and Eve as well as their children in heaven. Beside groups of bishops burning in the fires of hell and shedding bitter tears.

 

In any case, you should try the cheese produced in the monastery itself, and not miss the view of the rough and sterile desert landscape in the underlying valley.

 

https://www.deirmarmusa.org/

 

 

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