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Barghoun is a small village in Koura district near Anfeh.

Saint Barbara church barghoun

The wall paintings condition nowadays compared to older pictures.

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. The prayer niche in this church is covered by a distinguished Byzantine mural painting.

Saint Barbara church barghoun

Saint Barbara church barghoun

The wall paintings condition nowadays compared to older pictures.

saint barbra church

 

saint barbra church

Each year, on the 4th of December, locals from nearby villages celebrate Saint Barbara day by attending a mass on the remain of this church.