Shefela / Periods: Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Crusader, Mameluke, Turks.

The church is located in the center of the old town in the neighborhood of the “al-Omari” mosque. This place of pilgrimage was filmed by the team of 360HolyPlaces™ for you in Virtual Reality 360°. Close to Khan El-Khilu. It stands on the site where Christians show the tomb of St. George who is considered the patron of the Greek Orthodox Church. According to Christian faith, in the 4th century AD, George was killed by order of the Roman emperor Dioklitnos because he refused to renounce to the Christian religion publicly. He was buried in his hometown: Lod. On the tomb was built the church and the city-Lod was converted from “Diospolis to” Georgioupolis ” in honor of George. Unshakable faith at the cost of his life earned him the status of “sacred” George. His behavior was seen as evidence that faith in God, Christianity rightly gives a strength to overcome the tests and adversities. This approach is illustrated in relief perched on the lintel of the church, it seemed that St. George by his grace, exterminates the dragon symbolizing the forces of evil. The Byzantine church, which was created on the site in the 4th century, was destroyed by the Persians in the middle of the 7th century. In the eleventh century, the Crusaders built a fortress on the ruins of the Byzantine church. This church precisely kept the road that led from Lod to Jerusalem and moved to Moddin and Emek Ayalon . In addition, the church was the center of the four churches that were near Lod. In the 13th century the Crusader Church was destroyed by the Mamluks, and was built “Al-Omar” currently used as the Central Mosque of the Muslim community in Lod. The mosque was built with waist stones, columns and headers survived previous churches. The church and the adjacent monastery were inaugurated in 1871.

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