ISIS Blows Up 10th Century Christian Monastery in Northern Iraq
ISIS recently destroyed the 10th Century Chaldean Catholic monastery of St. George in northern Iraq.
The ancient monastery is located on a hill north of Mosul.
They blew it up.
St. George’s Monastery near Mosul (Wikimapia/josefhadi).
ISIS has blown up a 10th century Chaldean Catholic church north of Mosul. The building that was located in the Ba’werah neighborhood on a hill north of Mosul. ISIS also bulldozed a nearby graveyard.
Nineveh Yakou, Assyrian Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Affairs at A Demand for Action, exclusively told IBTimes UK that the St. George monastery has been “wiped out” by ISIS militants.
The building was founded by the Assyrian Church of the East in the 10th century. The building was converted into a seminary by the Chaldean Catholic Church in 1846.
Yakou told the IBTimes that “the current monastery was built on an archaeological site containing ancient Assyrian ruins. It was an important show of continuity from the Assyrian to our culture,” Yakou said. “ISIS is wiping out the cultural heritage of Iraq. The monastery was classified as cultural heritage. It’s a cultural and ethnic cleansing.”
The attacks on antiquities and art in Iraq and Syria are carried out in the name of a strict interpretation of Islamic law which rejects religious shrines and condemns Iraq’s majority Shi’ite Muslims as heretics.
ISIS removed the cross from the church dome in December.
— CitizenGO (@CitizenGO) December 19, 2014