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Medieval Church Wall Paintings
(4 km east of Chekka)

    In an olive grove at the northern edge of Barghoun village lie the remains of a 12th-14th century church dedicated to Saint Barbara. The well preserved apse is decorated with a unique wall painting representing the Virgin as Orans, (hands raised in a traditional gesture of prayer) between two angels. Upon her chest is a shield with the bust portrait of the Christ-Emmanuel. On his right is the motif of the Burning Bush, an image related to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai.

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