Dr. Michael Fuller visited the Monastery of
in the Wadi Kadesha of Lebanon on 4 June 2004. He was introduced to the monks by
Ghiath Abdullah. Professor
Fuller wanted to look for ethnoarchaeological parallels between the modern Greek Orthodox
monastery and the ruined Orthodox monastery discovered by archaeological excavation
at the site of Tell Tuneinir, Syria.
Ghiath is a close friend
of the Abbot and wanted to see the progress is restoring the monastery. They were
accompanied by Mahmud, their driver who lives in Damascus and works for TransTours.
Interior of the monastic chapel.
Click here to see images of the Abbot and Monks of Hamatoura.
Click here to see images of the Monastery and Church at Hamatoura.
Click here to see images of Refectory and Lunch at Hamatoura (many parallels to
the Area 9 refectory at Tell Tuneinir!!!).
Click here to see images of Cave at Hamatoura (a must see for students
of Paleolithic art and archaeology).
Click here for another Excellent website about Hamatoura
Shrine at the trail leading to the monastery.
Floor of the Wadi.
Winding trail leading to the monastery.
Monastery from the trail.
Monastery from across the wadi.
Flowers planted above the monastery. There is a plan
to use this area for burials, in the future.
Grape vines planted above the monastery.