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Monastery of Mar Bena Qadisho • كنێساه‌ی مه‌ربێنه‌ قه‌دیشه‌ • كنیسة مربینا قدیشا

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First built in 364 CE by Saint Banham's followers, this small monastery was destroyed by Saddam's forces in 1988. Using original stones, the chapel was rebuilt in 1996.

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The original monastery had an Aramaic inscription: 'This monastery was rebuilt by Kikhwa Ogen, the head of Armuta, in Greek year 1714 (1403 AD). Pray for him.'

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The first Friday after Easter is the big feast of Mar Bena, and the entire church and surroundings and filled to the limit with people picnicking and celebrating.

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Some believe that Mar Behnam and his sister Sara built this shrine. Others believe that a number of a monks from Mosul were driven away and took refuge in the shrine during the Moguls invasion of the city.

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