Islamic State destroys Iraq's oldest Christian monastery

Islamic State destroys Iraq's oldest Christian monastery

Thanks to different satellite photographs, something has been confirmed that both religious leaders and antiquities experts suspected and did not want to believe, but in the end the worst omens have become a sad reality.

The Monastery of Saint Elijah, regarded as Iraq's oldest Christian monastery has been completely reduced to rubble by the Islamic State, who seems to have no restraint or repair to destroy any infrastructure that they consider contrary to their beliefs and in this case it has been the turn of this treasure.

The monastery was located on a hill in the town of Mosul, north of Iraq and history confirms that this holy place has been a place of prayer for more than 1,400 years and even for US troops deployed in Iraq about a decade ago.

This place was known as Dair Mar Elia thanks to the Assyrian monk Mar Elia, who founded it in 595 after Christ, was destroyed in 1743 by order of the Persian leader Nadir Shah Tahmaz, but not only did it end the construction but also the lives of the monks who lived there.

It took several centuries for it to be rebuilt again, until the beginning of the 20th century And now it has been destroyed again regardless of the history that existed in this place, simply because it is a place of Christian prayer, but open to everyone and beliefs, the same ones that the ISIS mercenaries do not share, who destroy everything that they find in their path without caring about the consequences that it causes.

With this attack, the now disappeared monastery of San Elías joins the list of monuments or archaeological sites that have been destroyed by ISIS for considering them alien to Islam or being heretical areas according to their beliefs, as happened with the Syrian city of Palmyra, another of the great losses attributed to the Islamic State.

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