Deir Qeruh church
: the nave with the door at its western end
Deir Qeruh, ( ar|دير قروح "Monastery
of Qeruḥ"), is a ruined Byzantine
-period village in the Golan Heights
, located within an Israel
i national park
, the Gamla nature reserve
[ Gamla Nature Reserve](_blank)
at the Israel Nature and Parks Authority site. Accessed July 12, 21018.
The village was located near Gamla
, a much older fortified town.
Deir Qeruh was founded in the 4th century CE, and a church
and monastery were built there in the 6th century.
[ Deir Qeruḥ](_blank)
at Creighton University website. Accessed July 2018.
The village was abandoned in the mid-7th century following the Arab conquest
, and inhabited again during the 13th and 14th centuries, in the Mamluk period
A modern Syria
n village rose at the site in the 20th century, and was again abandoned after the 1967 Six-Day War
, when it came under Israeli control.
[ Explanatory sign](_blank)
of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Monastery and Church of St George
The north-eastern part of the village is the best preserved, and includes a monastery centered around a church,
founded in the 6th century and dedicated to St George
, who is mentioned on the lintel at the church entrance.
The church has a square apse - a feature known from ancient Syria and Jordan, but not present in churches west of the Jordan River
After the abandonment of Deir Qeruh in the seventh century and the later resettlement of the site, the monastic complex was used for other purposes.
Deir Qeruh, remains of a house
External links Deir Qeruḥ
at Creighton University website: 360° photos with 3D option (taken in 2006), interactive plan of the monastery, short explanatory text. Accessed July 2018. Photos of village ruins
*Photo of the church interior
from south aisle
* Ma'oz, Zvi Uri: ''Deir Qeruh'', 1983, in "Hadashot Arkheologiyot - Excavations and Surveys in Israel" 2: 23-25, Israel Antiquities Authority
[ Bibliographies for Theology](_blank)
Kripke Center at Creighton University. Accessed 12 July 2018
* Ma'oz, Zvi Uri: ''Deir Qeruh'', 1993, pp. 348–49 in "The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land", 4 volumes, Ephraim Stern
(ed.), New York: Simon & Schuster; Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society & Carta.