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House of Saint Ananias

House of Saint Ananias

House of Saint Ananias, also called Chapel of Saint Ananias, is an ancient underground structure located in Damascus, Syria. The place is alleged to be the remains of the home of Ananias of Damascus, where Ananias baptized Saul (who became Paul the Apostle). Archaeological excavations found the remains of a Byzantine church from the 5th or 6th century AD, adding physical evidence to support local tradition that the chapel has an early-Christian origin from the 1st or 2nd century AD. The church was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 as part of Ancient City of Damascus.

Site Information

Country: Syria

District: Damascus Governorate

Category: Churches and Monasteries

Site History: 1st Century AD

Oldest Culture: Christian

Later Cultures: Christian

Site Features: Christian Monuments


World Heritage Site

Part of: Ancient City of Damascus

Date of Inscription: 1979

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