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Qalaat Seman
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Qalaat Seman, major early Christian pilgrimage (III) site in northern Syria, some 40 km from Aleppo. The focus of the site was the pillar on which the monk Simeon Stylites the Elder spent his life from 415 to 459 ce in stasis, i.e. “standing.” It was said ultimately to have been some 18 m tall. Simeon was already famous during his lifetime and drew many pilgrims. Pictures of him were found as far away as Rome. After his death, probably between 475 and 491 ce, the site was developed on a grand scale; the whole complex measures some 450 by 250 m. Around the pillar …

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Koch, Guntram, “Qalaat Seman”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024759>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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