Dr. Michael Fuller visited the Monastery of Hamatoura in the Wadi Kadesha of Lebanon on 4 June 2004.







Interior of the chapel at the Monastery of Hamatoura.







Fresco of Holy Women in the chapel.







Closeup of Holy Woman.







Christ child in the lap of the Mary.







Saint or Holy Spirit fresco in the chapel.







The monastery of Hamatoura consists of several structures built into the side of the Wadi Kadesha.







Metal studded door of the monastery that is now stored in the refectory.







Monastery bell and door to the main chapel.







Sounding irons in the monastery.







Old piece of woodwork in the chapel that is being used for candle making.







Chapel apse and altar being restored by the monks.







Interior of a chapel in the side of the cave entrance. This chapel is now used for candle making.







Traces of a red paint cross monogram on the wall of the chapel being used for candle making.







Votive candles made in the cave chapel.







Wax candle of the Theotokos, purchased by Professor Michael Fuller from the monks.







More candles made in the monastery.







Candle making supplies in the cave chapel.







Woodstove and containers of parafin outside of the cave chapel were candles are manufactured by the monks.







Large kettle of parafin outside of the cave chapel were candles are manufactured by the monks.







Door for the ancient burial vault of the monastery.







Ancient bones of the monks. They were found in a disordered conditions. Some show evidence of trauma. The monks and a physical anthropologist have studied and stacked the bones.







New rooms being constructed by the monks use reinforced steel bar.




Click here to see images of the Abbot and Monks of 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).