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Among the myriad of religious communities that have peopled the Eastern Mediterranean coast over the millennia, the Christian ones have been prominent in the popular imagination.The project's aim was to trace South Lebanon's ruined religious edifices, with the aim of determining when the first Christians arrived there and scrutinizing signs of Jesus' presence in the country.To pinpoint Sidon's architectural treasure trove, Abi Nassif and his young collaborators employed historical and archeological studies, as well as scripture. The first site Abi Nassif and his students scrutinized was Bosten Ech-Cheikh, northeast of Sidon, which includes a church, a Byzantine mosaic and three temples (Interior and exterior photos of the site are augmented by blueprints and digital recreations). The main part of the site was an "outdoor pyramidal construction".The church may have been constructed on what had been a Roman temple, but this is uncertain.The synagogue can be difficult to find but, once inside the structure, Hebrew script can still be found on some of its walls.The study also examines Saint Nicolas Cathedral and Sidon's Latin Church.
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