Posted by: Fr Chris | December 13, 2015

List of Churches and Monasteries Ruined by ISIS/ISIL in Syria: And the World does what?

From the Assyrian news agency comes this story. The Mar Elian monastery was in the same spot since the 400s.

The Der Zor memorial church was built in memory of the 1.5 million Armenian Christians massacred in 1915-1918: Der Zor was the place where surviving women and children – most of them orphans – were dumped by the Turkish soldiers in the desert to die. Syrian and foreign Christians came to their rescue. The grandchildren of those orphans are now homeless.

Christians who escape the jihadists now are leaving refugee camps because they are being attacked there by Muslim refugees.

The US has admitted A GRAND TOTAL OF 53 CHRISTIANS FROM SYRIA IN THE LAST  FOUR YEARS, despite the consistent statements of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury that Christians face extinction.

Our State Department bemoans the genocide of the Yazidi, but will not give that same protection to Christians.

And the world powers spent hours upon hours in Paris working on an agreement to stop climate change. Wonderful.


St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in the northeastern Syrian village of Tal Nasri, destroyed by ISIS.

(AINA) — The following is a list of Assyrian churches and monasteries in Syria that have been destroyed by ISIS and other Muslim groups. Also included is a list of non-Assyrian churches that have been destroyed.Attacks on Christians in Syria began almost immediately after the Syrian civil war began. The attacks have targeted villages, churches monasteries and the clergy, and have been perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, The Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and other Muslim groups.

Destroyed Assyrian Churches

On February 23 ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in Hasaka, Syria, capturing 253 Assyrians. In the subsequent months it destroyed 11 churches and villages, rendering some villages uninhabitable.

Village Church
Tel Nasri St. Mary Church
Tel Jazirah St. John Church
Tel Shamiram St. Bishu Church
Tel Talaa St. Sleewa Church
Abu Tena St. Shimun Church
Qabr Shamiya St. Qoryaqos Church
Tel Baloaa St. Shimon Church
Kharita St. Shimun Church
Tel Meghada St. Qoryaqos Church
Tel Tal St. Odisho Church
Tel Hormizd Raban Pityou Church

Related: Attacks on Assyrians in Syria By ISIS and Other Muslim Groups

The cross of the Mar Bishu Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram, Syria, remains standing, but the church was completely leveled by ISIS (screen capture).
The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS.
St. Bishu Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiran, Syria, was destroyed by ISIS.


St. Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs, was destroyed by ISIS after it captured Qaryatain on August 6 (AINA2015-08-20).

An ISIS fighter stands in the rubble of St. Elian monastery, an Assyrian monastery from the 5th century, after it has been destroyed.

Non Assyrian Churches

  • The St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo was bombed by ISIS on April 28 (AINA 2015-04-29).
  • The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor was destroyed by ISIS in September, 2014.
  • The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in the northern city of Raqa was torched by ISIS
  • The Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs was torched by ISIS and its cross atop its clock tower removed.
  • Our Lady of Peace church was occupied by the rebels.
The Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, occupied by Al-Nusra Front
The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor.


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