Umm al- Zennār church – University of Copenhagen

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Umm al- Zennār church

Historical & archaeological value

Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt is a historic Syriac Orthodox church in Homs. The actual building of the church, goes back to the Byzantine period, and it stands upon the original, smaller church built during the 1st century AD. The church bell was added and several renovations took place during the Ottoman period. Also the building of the church was enhanced at the beginning of the 20th century. Locals believe that the church contained the belt of Mary, mother of Jesus and in recent times it has been the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archbishop.