Ethiopians in Lebanon


Some Ethiopian churches, such as Debra Dam (above) and Begum, can be tentatively ascribed to the Assuming period. These two structures probably date to the 6th century or later. Still standing pre-6th century Assume churches have not been confidently identified. However, archaeologists believe that a few now-ruined structures dating to the 4th or 5th century functioned as churches—a conclusion based on features such as their orientation. A large stepped podium in the compound of the church of Mary of Zion in Assume (considered by the Ethiopians as the dwelling place of the Ark of the Covenant), probably once gave access to a large church built during this period.

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