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







Abbot Pantalemon.







Abbot Pantalemon.







Monk Issac the Syrian.







Monk painting wood used for icons.







Icon images are prepared and sold by the monks. They purchase preprinted images from Greece, then carefully mount them. This image is of the Archangels Michael (left with sword) and Gabriel (Right). This icon was purchased by Professor Michael Fuller from the monks.







Icon images are prepared and sold by the monks. They purchase preprinted images from Greece, then carefully mount them. This image is of the Holy Martyr Sophia and her Three Daughters, Faith, Hope and Charity. The daughters are arranged with eldest daughter, Pistis (Greek, Faith) in the center. Elpis (Greek, Hope) is to the left of Faith and Agape (Greek, Love/Charity) is to the right of Faith. They were martyred during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian, 117-138. This icon was purchased by Professor Michael Fuller from the monks.







Icon images are prepared and sold by the monks. They purchase preprinted images from Greece, then carefully mount them. This image is of the Saint Martha (sister of Lazarus and disciple of Jesus). This icon was given to Professor Michael Fuller for his daughter, Amira Martha Fuller, by monk Issac.




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The monks at the monastery produce and sell a Orthodox version of the rosary consisting of 100 knots and a knotted cross.







Donkeys used by the monks to move supplies and equipment up to the monastery.







Donkeys used by the monks to move supplies and equipment up to the monastery.







Camel bopper stick used as walking stick by one of the monks.







Mahmud (left) and Professor Michael Fuller (right) rest on the hike up to the Monastery 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