Cave Church

The Church of Saint Mary (the cave)

Another church in the name of St. Mary, but this one indicated as the cave because it was a small cave before some new renovation and extension had been done to it recently.

This church has some special features as follow:

1-    On the left side of the Northern Sanctuary there is a little door about half a square meter. It leads to a mysterious recess in the monastery’s wall that is about the size of 20 square meters. It was used as a hiding place in case of the sudden attacks of the barbarians; it was also used to keep sacred articles or materials.

2-    In the First Choir is an ancient painting of the Virgin Mary.

3-    The Choir Door dates back to the 14th or 15th century.

4-    The church has an Epiphany Basin in the southern side of the    nave.